A Staten Island therapist was charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and a pair of sisters — ages 8 and 10 — and cops suspect there may be additional victims.
Court records provided a glimpse of Gilberto Suero’s alleged sick spree of perversion that landed him behind bars.
During a Dec. 23 session at his Richmond Road office in Dongan Hills, Suero sat the 10-year-old girl on his lap and kissed her on the cheek, court papers show. On the same day, the 8-year-old was also fondled. The girl told cops she was groped while she and the suspect watched videos, sources said.
The foster mother of the two younger girls contacted Suero’s employer, Seaman Society, on May 3 to complain about the therapist. The girls’ biological father was then contacted because his permission was needed to conduct physical exams of the children.
The father, it turned out, is also a patient of Suero, sources said. In a rage, he called the suspect, who denied any wrongdoing. But during a controlled call set up by police, Suero told the foster mother that he put the 8-year-old on his lap during a movie and that he may have touched her by accident, sources said.
Police in late April learned of the 13-year-old girl, who told her mother Suero touched her during her therapy sessions. The teen, who just recently started seeing Suero to deal with self-esteem issues, said the suspect didn’t do anything wrong the first two sessions because her mother was present. The next two times she went alone. He allegedly fondled her during a session on April 6.
“You are so beautiful,” he said, according to court papers.
During the next session, on April 20, Suero tried to kiss her on the lips, sources said. She said she pulled away, but he still managed to kiss her on the nose — and tried to get her to exchange photos, according to court papers and sources.
Suero, 49, was arrested Friday and charged with felony sex abuse, plus misdemeanors for sex abuse, forcible touching and acting in a manner injurious to a child. He’s being held on $ 50,000 bail. His shady past includes an arrest for selling drugs, sources said Monday.
A woman neighbors identified as Suero’s wife refused to comment outside the family’s home.
“I don’t know him,” she said.
Neighbors said Suero has lived there for about seven years.
“His kids play with my kids,” said a neighbor who requested anonymity. “He’s such a nice guy. It’s unbelievable.”
Suero worked for the Seaman Society, a social services organization. Seaman Society officials did not respond to a request for comment, but the Administration for Children’s Services, which hired the agency, said it is investigating.
“We are deeply disturbed by these allegations, and are working with the NYPD to support this investigation,” an ACS spokesman said in a statement. “We are also working closely with our contract provider to identify and ensure the safety of any child with whom this individual may have been in contact.”
Suero has four arrests — three are sealed and the other dates back to 1990, when he was charged in a Manhattan drug case, with use, sale and possession of narcotics.
“There’s a lot of kids over here, so it’s really not good,” said a woman who manages a nearby business. “I’m very surprised. You hear about stuff like this, but it’s just very close. It’s uncomfortable for me. Young children — boys or girls, I mean, you’re a grown man. It’s pretty disgusting.”