In Laredo, Texas on Thursday, August 3, 2017
Suffolk County Police have arrested a fugitive who was located in Texas and wanted for 22 counts of possession of child pornography.
Following an investigation, Computer Crimes Unit detectives issued an arrest warrant in May of 2010 for Roberto Cardoza after it was discovered that he had numerous images of child pornography on his computer. Cardoza, 33, who was staying at a residence in Cutchogue, New York, fled the country during the investigation.
Cardoza was arrested in Laredo, Texas, last month by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after he crossed the Rio Grande. Cardoza was extradited to Suffolk County on August 3. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.
Fugitive Unit detectives charged Cardoza with 22 counts of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child. Cardoza is in the Riverhead Correctional Facility and scheduled to be arraigned at a later date.
“There is very little in this world that is more disturbing than violence against a child and there is nothing that will stop the members of this department in bringing a criminal like this to justice,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said. “This case is another great example of the solid collaboration and dedicated detective work between our department and our law enforcement partners. This department’s message is clear: if you commit a crime in Suffolk County, no matter where you flee, we will find you, we will arrest you and we will ensure you are brought back to this county to be held accountable for your crime.”
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.