Defendant Previously Convicted for Similar Conduct in 2001, Fled United States Prior to Sentencing
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the guilty plea of HECTOR BENCOSME, 58, for sexually abusing four teenage martial arts students in the basement of a residential building in Inwood in 2018 and for possessing more than 100 images of child pornography documenting the abuse. BENCOSME pleaded guilty in New York Supreme Court to five counts of Use of Child in a Sexual Performance as a Sexually Motivated Felony, one count of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and three counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.
On January 3, 2001, a New York State Criminal Court jury found BENCOSME guilty of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree for similar conduct at the same Post Avenue location. A judge issued a bench warrant on January 17, 2001 after the defendant fled the United States following his conviction.
BENCOSME is expected to be sentenced on both the 2001 conviction and the 2018 matters on November 4, 2019 to a promised sentence of 10 years in prison.
“As a martial arts instructor, this defendant used his unfettered access to children to manipulate and abuse them,” said District Attorney Vance. “Even more disturbing, however, is the pattern of abuse; he continued to exploit students 17 years after his conviction for virtually the same crime. But now, thanks to the prosecutors in my office’s Child Abuse Unit, this defendant has finally been brought to justice and he will face significant jail time for his abusive conduct. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime, I urge you to report it to our Child Abuse Unit by calling (212) 335-4308.”
Following his June 2018 arraignment, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant on the defendant’s cloud account and found more than 100 images of child pornography, including images of the victims from the earlier indictment. On September 6, 2018, BENCOSME was arraigned on a second 102-count indictment, charging him with Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance as a Sexually Motivated Felony and other related charges.
Assistant D.A. Kristen Caruso handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Nicole Blumberg, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A.s Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.
HECTOR BENCOSME, a/k/a “Kiko Valoy,” D.O.B. 12/26/60
New York, NY
- Use of Child in a Sexual Performance as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class C felony, five counts
- Sexual Abuse in Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
- Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, three counts