Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former foster parent from Ridge has been acquitted of sexually abusing seven of the more than 100 children placed in his home over a 20-year span.A Suffolk County jury found Cesar Gonzales-Mugabura not guilty Tuesday of charges in a 16-count indictment, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act and child endangerment.“We are extremely disappointed with the Mugaburu verdict,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We will continue to pursue justice in cases involving the sexual abuse of children, which often means pursuing cases based upon the information from the victim of the abuse sometimes years after the crimes when limited corroborative evidence is still available. For those discouraged by this outcome, it is important to guard against any chilling effect that might result; especially a reluctance to report abuse.”Prosecutors had said the 61-year-old man sexually abused boys placed in his care by several nonprofit agencies. The defense argued that the boys lied about the abuse.Shortly before the trial began a Suffolk grand jury issued an investigative report blasting agencies within the foster care system for failing to protect the boys in his care.Gonzales-Mugabura had been held at Suffolk jail since his arrest last year. He had faced up to 25 years in prison, had he been convicted.
Luis Severino has become the centerpiece of the Yankees’ rotation before reaching his 25th birthday, and New York moved Friday to get some cost certainty with the young starter. Severino has agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $40 million that also includes a club option for a fifth year, multiple outlets reported. The New York Post was first with news of the deal. Breakdown of Luis Severino’s deal, per source:2019: $4M+$2M bonus2020: $10M2021: $10.25M2022: $11M2023 (club option): $15M with $2.75M buyoutInteresting part of that: higher salaries in ’20 and ’21, lower than usual in ’22. Why? Protection against a work stoppage.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 15, 2019Severino, who turns 25 next Wednesday, was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a “Super 2” player, so the four guaranteed years in his new deal will cover all of his arbitration seasons, while the option would cover his first potential year as a free agent. An All-Star the last two seasons, he also has finished in the top 10 of AL Cy Young voting each of the last two years, outperforming veteran teammates like CC Sabathi, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray along the way. Related News Severino’s deal is similar to the one the Phillies made with 25-year-old starter Aaron Nola earlier this week — four years plus a team option for a fifth, with $45 million guaranteed. Yankees most improved team in AL, poll says