STATEN ICELAND, NY – Former psychotherapist and registered sex offender Gilberto Suero attempted to flee to the Dominican Republic earlier this year while awaiting settlement of the latest sexual abuse charges involving a young girl, one said Law enforcement source.
Suero, 53, was caught before leaving the country.
Suero is now faced with bail violations and sexual charges against Suero under a five-fold indictment that was unsealed in the St. George State Supreme Court on Wednesday.
He pleaded not guilty to his indictment.
The indictment alleges that Suero had two or more sexual acts on a victim between June 2015 and April 2017.
The girl was under 11 years old, it said in the indictment.
According to a criminal complaint, the incident occurred in an office at 1272 Richmond Road, Dongan Hills. Suero was practicing psychotherapy at this address, according to Advance / SILive.com records.
Suero was arrested on June 1, 2020 following an investigation by the Staten Island Special Victims Squad, the complaint and sources say.
After that, Suero was either bailed out or at his own discretion while he awaited the decision of the case.
The bail charge was brought because he failed to appear in court on January 22nd as required and did not show himself voluntarily within 30 days of it, the indictment said.
Suero may face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree sexual behavior against a child in the process. It’s the highest count against him.
The defendant is now being held in lieu of a $ 1 million bond or $ 150,000 cash deposit, online state court records show.
His next court date is September 9th.
Suero has several addresses associated with him, including in Endicott state; the 700 block of Broadway in Bayonne, NJ and the 600 block of East 233rd Street in the Bronx show online records.
The defendant’s attorney did not immediately send an email requesting a comment on the case.
Suero is a level 3 sex offender, according to the state criminal justice department’s website.
Level 3 offenders have the highest risk of recidivism.
Previously, in May 2017, Suero was charged with various sexual offenses against three other young girls.
He then advocated a sexual abuse offense to resolve the case and was sentenced to four months in prison. He also had to register with the state authorities as a sex offender.
Online records from the State Department of Education show that Suero was licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York in September 2012.
He gave up his license in November 2018 due to his sexual abuse conviction, the records read.