Deliberations continue in Ridge foster father sex abuse trial

RIVERHEAD -

The jury is still out in the case of a Ridge foster father accused of molesting and emotionally tormenting young boys.

Cesar Gonzalez-Mugaburu was accused in a 17-count indictment of sexually molesting six foster sons and endangering the welfare of two others over the span of two decades.

Last week, one of the alleged victims took the stand inside the Riverhead courtroom. He testified Gonzalez-Mugaburu would not feed him when he was hungry, so he would search through the trash.

During day two of deliberations, the jury asked the judge for the dates that one of the boys was living in Gonzalez-Mugaburu's home.

"I believe there are some inconsistencies in some of the boy's testimony and that the dates that they are looking for do not corroborate each other," says defense attorney Donald Mates.

The jury also asked for the definitions of two of the charges against Gonzalez-Mugaburu.

Gonzalez-Mugaburu adopted the six boys who are the alleged victims in the indictment. Prosecutors say he ran a therapeutic foster home for boys who were developmentally disabled or had behavioral problems.

The most serious charge against the Ridge man is predatory sexual assault against a child. It carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life.

Deliberations will resume Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
 

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