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Police allege that a North Hempstead Town employee had sex at a motel with a 16-year-old girl he encountered on the Internet. According to police, 46-year-old Owen Sinclair of Oceanside was arrested Dec. 30 and charged with two, 3rd degree counts of rape. He was scheduled to appear in First District Court, Hempstead on Jan. 7.

Sinclair allegedly arranged meetings online with the teenage girl and had sex with her at the Capri Motel in Lynbrook, on Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, according to police. At around 2 p.m. Dec. 30, an officer alleges that, while on routine patrol, Sinclair was seen with the girl in the parking lot of the Plantation Motor Inn in Island Park. When the officer found out the girl's age, Sinclair was arrested. According to North Hempstead officials, Sinclair was not on town time on the afternoon of Dec. 30.

Collin Nash, spokesperson for North Hempstead Town, confirmed to Anton Community Newspapers that a person by the name of Owen Sinclair began working for the town on Dec. 8, 2008 as the deputy commissioner of finance assigned to budgetary matters. Prior, police state Sinclair was employed as a deputy budget director with Nassau County for six years, working in that capacity until November 2008.

According to Nash, the town conducted a background check on Mr. Sinclair prior to hiring him and found no prior arrests or convictions.

"It is the town's intention to terminate Mr. Sinclair's employment with the town forthwith," said Nash. Notice of termination was sent to Sinclair on Jan. 2.

Under New York state law, third-degree rape is defined as having sexual intercourse with someone younger than 17 by a suspect who is at least 21. Nassau Special Victims Unit detectives investigating the case are withholding the girl's name because she is a minor and a victim of a sex crime.


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