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In 2003, Mario Caruso sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl and her 9-year-old friend. In 2011, a judge allowed the same man to move back into the neighborhood to live beside the victim, who is now 19.
Caruso plead guilty on three counts of first degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to two consecutive one-year terms in jail, with 10 years of probation as a registered level 3 sex offender.
According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, when a court assigns an offender to a level 3, it means the offender is at a high risk to repeat the offense, and the public is at risk.
The 19-year-old is now suing Caruso for the abuse and the disregard of how it would cause her "severe emotional distress." She can hear him play music, sees his car drive by and fears that when she's outside, he's watching, her father said, according to The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News.
Caruso’s reasons for moving back into the neighborhood is because after jail, motels would kick him out, and he had to live out of his car, which would be hard for a probation officer to locate due to the lack of a known address.
At the time of the assault, Caruso was a married pharmacist and a trusted friend of the family. Lohud.com has gathered all documents pertaining to the Caruso case.