Child Rapist Convicted Martiliano Ramos-Miguel for the crime of Rape

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 25, 2020 District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction and sentence of 45-year-old Brewster resident Martiliano Ramos-Miguel for the crime of Rape in the First Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The defendant pled guilty on October 21, 2020 and was sentenced on December 11, 2020 to 14 years state prison followed by 10 years post release supervision and sex offender registration.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss who prosecuted the case said “the victims’ voices were heard, and their abuser was brought to justice. While no amount of prison time is sufficient when you abuse a child, this plea and sentence will keep this predator in jail for many years where he cannot cause any more harm. We are so proud of these young victims and their courage and strength.”
As a result of the bravery of the young victims’ disclosure at the Putnam Child Advocacy Center (CAC), the CAC team, NY State Police, and The District Attorney’s office were able to effectively investigate and prosecute the defendant while making sure the victims received support throughout the process.
DA Tendy said “this was a tough case to work on. The abuse was heart breaking. The State Police, our Special Victims investigator Jaemie Caban, and my Chief ADA Chana Krauss and the team members at the CAC and the Women’s Resource Center did an outstanding job. I’m very proud of them—and I’m proud of the victims for being so strong.”

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Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the indictment* of Elmer Medina for Aggravated Vehicular Assault and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, both Felonies.

CARMEL, NEW YORK – December 4, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the indictment* of Elmer Medina for Aggravated Vehicular Assault and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, both Felonies.
Medina was indicted by the Grand Jury of Putnam County and is accused of causing serious physical injury to a mother and her three children. Medina, driving without a license, crashed into the vehicle head on at a high rate of speed. The allegations in the indictment are that the crash happened while the defendant drove on the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic. The defendant was found to be intoxicated at the time of the collision, which occurred on Route 9D in the Town of Philipstown during the evening rush hour on June 29, 2020.
All involved in the crash were sent to the hospital, including the defendant. The driver of the vehicle required surgery on her neck and two of her three children suffered injuries and burns.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas LaStella. The defendant faces up to 5-15 years in state prison if convicted.
Tendy thanked the New York State Police and Investigator Jaemie Caban of the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office for their work in the case.

*An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law.

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Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of Aatif Khan for Grand Larceny in the Second Degree

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 27, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of Aatif Khan for Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Khan was convicted for stealing in excess of $100,000 worth of diabetic test strips over the course of two years, while he was employed at JNR Pharmacy in Brewster. He then went on to sell the stolen test strips to various third parties throughout the country, whereby he personally amassed substantial financial gain. Khan was also convicted of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree after it was discovered that he failed to report any of the income that he acquired from the sale of the stolen property.
District Attorney Tendy took the opportunity to send a message to those who may want or attempt to commit crimes against local businesses. “These convictions hopefully will send the message that my office will zealously prosecute anyone who steals from businesses in Putnam County. We take this very seriously and will work with local businesses if there is suspicion of criminal activity.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas LaStella in collaboration with Senior Criminal Investigator Michael Benvie, also of the District Attorney’s Office. “Gathering the evidence needed to secure this conviction was challenging and it required locating witnesses from across the country–but Mike and Nick were simply relentless in their pursuit of justice and they put together an overwhelming case against Aatif Khan,” said Tendy.
Tendy thanked multiple law enforcement agencies and personnel including Investigator Anthony Nappi of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and Bryan Smyers of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Tendy also stated that this case represents one of the largest asset forfeiture cases in the history of the District Attorney’s Office. Khan’s illegally obtained proceeds in this case will be used to amplify law enforcement efforts and to promote the safety of the residents of Putnam County. “The victim has been reimbursed for the loss his business suffered, and Mr. Khan has paid back all of the proceeds of this crime, and then some. In addition to the asset forfeiture we collected, he is on the hook for a significant sum of money in the form of unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest owed to the State of New York Department of Taxation and Finance for his felony tax fraud conviction.”
Sentencing is scheduled for October 27.

CHILD RAPIST CONVICTED

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 25, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Khori Salmon was sentenced on August 17, 2020, by the Honorable Judge James Rooney, to a total of 18 years in state prison, 20 years post release supervision, and registration as a sex offender.

On March 11, 2020, Salmon was convicted after trial of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, and two counts of Rape in the First Degree.
Salmon’s course of sexual conduct against his child victim began when he resided in the Bronx. Salmon moved to Putnam County in 2017, and his abuse continued, cumulating in the rape of his victim on two occasions in his residence in 2018.

District Attorney Tendy would like to thank the New York City Police Department, and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office for their assistance during this joint investigation. District Attorney Tendy would also like to thank Carmel Police Department, whose detectives investigated and arrested Salmon on the aforementioned charges, specifically Detective Frank Chibbaro, Detective Michael Sheil, and Detective Sgt. Michael Nagle. “This conviction was the product of fantastic collaboration between numerous law enforcement agencies and my office,” Tendy said.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Lynch and Nicholas LaStella.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY TENDY CONDEMNS DIPIPPO SETTLEMENT

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 14, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy released the
following statement today regarding the County’s decision to settle the lawsuit filed by Anthony DiPippo:
The Putnam County Legislature,
1 with the approval of the Putnam County Executive and Putnam County
Attorney, has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Anthony DiPippo by giving him 12 million
dollars. I condemn this decision in the strongest terms possible.

It is my strong opinion, and prior courts have agreed, that Mr. DiPippo’s civil rights were never violated.
Had the Legislature, County Executive, and County Attorney bothered to take the time to look at this
lawsuit carefully by conferring with my office, they would have realized that this lawsuit had no factual or
legal basis and would ultimately fail. In all the years that the plaintiff’s criminal case was being tried and
retried there had never been a single finding by any court of a civil rights abuse or any police wrongdoing.
The allegations in this lawsuit could have been disproven. However, the County never completed, and
perhaps never even began, discovery in order to investigate Mr. DiPippo’s baseless claims. They never
held formal depositions of the plaintiff or any of his witnesses. They never conducted any follow-up
discovery because they never truly began the process of defending this absurd lawsuit. In my opinion,
based on the public comments made by the legislators as they cast their votes, the County was concerned
with one thing only: money.

It is a matter of public record that Mr. DiPippo was twice convicted by a jury of raping and murdering a
twelve-year-old girl. He was found not guilty after a third trial. This does not translate into giving him 12
million dollars.

The negligence on the part of everyone responsible for this decision is astonishing—and the decision is
reprehensible. While the plaintiff’s lawyers held perhaps one hundred hours of depositions of

approximately a dozen witnesses and demanded and received thousands of pages of discovery—
something the defendant County was supposed to do first but did not—the County took no depositions
and received minimal to no discovery. Accordingly, it was impossible for the County to adequately
examine the plaintiff’s claims. It is incomprehensible that the county would agree to give the plaintiff 12
million dollars simply because he asked for it; but, realistically, that is what occurred. Had they consulted
with my office, they would have discovered the baselessness of the plaintiff’s claims.
I am astonished and sickened by this decision. It is incomprehensible and indefensible.

1 Only one legislator, Nancy Montgomery, voted against this settlement.

CHILD RAPIST CONVICTED

CARMEL, NEW YORK – March 12, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Khori Salmon of Mahopac, New York, was convicted after a jury trial on March 11, 2020 of two counts of Rape in the First Degree and Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree.

Salmon’s course of sexual conduct against his child victim began when he resided in the Bronx, where he sexually abused his nine-year-old victim. Salmon moved to Putnam County in 2017, and his abuse continued, cumulating in the rape of the then twelve-year-old victim on two occasions in his residence in January 2018.

District Attorney Tendy thanked multiple law enforcement agencies and personnel. “Detectives Frank Chibbaro, Michael Sheil, and Detective Sgt. Michael Nagle of the Carmel Police Department investigated and arrested Salmon on the charges, and Putnam DA Senior Investigator Michael Benvie, the NYPD, and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office collaborated throughout this case. Putnam ADAs Melissa Lynch and Nicholas LaStella brought the case to trial and they did an outstanding job. I’m very proud of everyone’s hard work during this difficult prosecution. And I want to especially thank the jury for reaching a just verdict.”

“I also have to commend the incredible courage and resolve of the young victim throughout this terrible ordeal. We will always vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who harms our children.”
The trial was presided over by the Honorable Judge James T. Rooney. Sentencing is scheduled for May 6. The defendant faces a maximum of twenty-five years in state prison.

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19 YEAR SENTENCE FOR POUGHKEEPSIE MURDER Putnam DA’s Office Was Special Prosecutor

CARMEL, NEW YORK – January 31, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Nicole Addimando was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of Christopher Grover with a concurrent sentence of 15 years and 5 years post release supervision. The defendant was convicted by a jury on April 12, 2019 of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second degree. She claimed that she had been abused for years by Grover and that she shot him in self-defense during an altercation. However, photos of Grover after the shooting showed him lying on a couch in a sleeping position with his hands folded.

“The defendant’s allegations of abuse and self-defense were exhaustively investigated for two years by many detectives and law enforcement agencies.” Tendy said. “We took the defendant’s claims of abuse very seriously. In the end, everything pointed to the fact that Christopher Grover was asleep when the defendant executed him, and there was no evidence that he had ever abused her. In fact, there was evidence that she was extremely verbally abusive to him and planned the murder in advance.” stated DA Tendy. “Fortunately, she didn’t get away with it. The jury reviewed the extensive forensic evidence and trial testimony and unanimously rejected the defendant’s claims.”

The Putnam District Attorney’s office was named special prosecutor on the case due to a conflict with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office.

Tendy thanked the “incredible teamwork” of Town of Poughkeepsie Detectives Richard Sisilli, Darrell Honkala and Jason Guy The New York State Police Crime Lab, Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigator Matthew Tunney, Crime Analyst Jessica Cundari, and DA Investigator Michael Benvie. The trial team was Chief Assistant Chana Krauss and First Assistant Larry Glasser.

Chief Krauss stated that “I want to thank the Grover family and friends for their incredible support and trust that justice system would work. Their strength is a testament to who they are as a family and who Chris was as a son, father, friend and coach.”

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Silvio Tenesaca Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated

CARMEL, NEW YORK – November 14, 2019 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on November 6, 2019, County Court Judge James Rooney sentenced Silvio Tenesaca of Kent, New York to an aggregate sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for causing the death of George Rosalino. Tenesaca had pleaded guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Driving While Intoxicated on August 2, 2019.
On November 27, 2018, Tenesaca was driving on Route 52 in the town of Kent when he rear-ended George Rosalino, who was riding a bicycle. The force of the impact killed Rosalino instantly. Tenesaca did not stop and continued to drive home. After he arrived home, Tenesaca switched to a different car and returned to the scene, where he observed Mr. Rosalino and then drove to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Tenesaca was observed to be under the influence of alcohol and a breath test demonstrated that he had a .17 blood alcohol level.

Tenesaca was sentenced to concurrent terms of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and 364 days in jail for Driving While Intoxicated, the maximum sentence available for each charge. In addition, he forfeited the vehicle he used in the crime.

“Driving while intoxicated is not a victimless crime,” said District Attorney Robert V. Tendy. “It can, and often does, produce horrible and tragic results. George Rosalino was a beloved son and brother. He was a Navy veteran and a cancer survivor. The defendant chose to excessively drink and then operate a motor vehicle that night and this was the consequence. My sincerest condolences go out to the Rosalino family.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case with assistance from the Kent Police Department.

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Putnam To Announce Formation of the Putnam County Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence Task Force

WHERE: The Putnam County Historic Court House, 44 Gleneida Avenue
WHEN: Monday, November 18 at 1 pm
The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center in collaboration with the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and Probation Department will be announcing the formation of the Putnam County Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Task Force.

The purpose of the task force will be to inform and make the public aware of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking—and the problems and tragedies that result from them. The goal is to empower people to seek help for themselves or others whom they feel may be in need of assistance.

The Task Force agencies will share statistics, aggregate data, and perform educational awareness and training in the community including high schools, social organizations, and various other organizations within the community who may have need of services for their members.

Involved agencies will collaborate in order to effectively communicate with each other to help improve services to victims.

Victim awareness, safety, and confidentiality are vital in domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking cases, and the Task Force will place a priority on these issues.
For further information, contact the Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Center at 845-628-9284 or the Putnam County District Attorney at 845-808-1050.

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Peekskill resident sentenced for cocaine possession | Drugs Hidden In Emergency Brake Compartment

CARMEL, NEW YORK – June 5, 2019: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced that Antoine Boyd, of Peekskill, NY, was sentenced on June 4, 2019 to two years in state prison to be followed by two years of Parole supervision for possession of cocaine.

Boyd, 29, was arrested on April 20, 2018 after a traffic stop which occurred in the vicinity of Putnam Valley, New York. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Deputies conducted a search of Boyd’s vehicle and found over an eighth of an ounce of cocaine concealed in a compartment inside the emergency brake of the car.

Boyd had previously pled guilty on February 5, 2019 to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a class D felony.
The case was handled by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Breanne Smith.