Court records: Man held on bail had previously contacted student

Raul Peraza-Guardado mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Town Police)
Raul Peraza-Guardado mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Town Police)

A Hampton Bays man allegedly told a 15-year-old boy he would give him $160 to get into his car while parked outside Riverhead High School earlier this week, later asking him if he “liked girls and only girls” and offering him marijuana and “sex with [the man’s] girlfriend” to get inside, according to court papers. 

And it wasn’t the first time the man had contacted the teen, the court documents show.

The 33-year-old man is now being held in county jail on $10,000 cash bail, a town court clerk said.

Raul Peraza-Guardado, who was parked on Harrison Avenue, asked the 15-year-old student to get into his black Toyota SUV about 11 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Mr. Peraza-Guardado told the teen he would give him $150, then $160 to get in the SUV, according to court papers.

Mr. Peraza-Guardado allegedly asked the boy “how big his d*** was” and what his sexual preference was, according to the documents. The Hampton Bays man also allegedly told the teen he could sleep with Mr. Peraza-Guardado’s girlfriend and said they could smoke weed.

The boy declined and left the area, reporting the incident to Riverhead Police.

According to court documents, Mr. Peraza-Guardado had also contacted the student on Tuesday and — on a prior date not specified by authorities — asked if the teen wanted to go to Mr. Peraza-Guardado’s brother’s house to drink with him.

Authorities tracked the man down on Thursday. Mr. Peraza-Guardado was arrested by police and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Riverhead school Superintendent Nancy Carney said the student went to police about the incident on Wednesday, and that the district was notified by police on Thursday about 3 p.m.

“As soon as we found we made a Connect-Ed call to parents letting them know,” Ms. Carney said. “School was already out.” Security guards and the school principals have also been briefed on the incident, she added.

Police said they are still investigating to see if Mr. Peraza-Guardado contacted anyone else. Anyone who has been approached by Mr. Peraza-Guardado in a similar manner is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 727-4500. All calls will be kept confidential.

Mr. Peraza-Guardado is due back in court on Monday, May 5.

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