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13-Year-Old Appellant’s Confession Made Without Mother Present Was Admissible; the Interrogator’s Having Appellant Write a Letter Purportedly to Apologize to the Victim Did Not Render the Confession Involuntary; Statements by the Victim in Medical Records Were Admissible to Corroborate the Confession

The First Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice Singh, over a two-justice dissenting opinion, affirmed the juvenile delinquent adjudication finding that appellant committed offenses which, if he were an adult, would constitute criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. It was alleged that appellant, who was 13, abused L.F., who was nine. The majority concluded the fact that the appellant’s mother left the room during the police interrogation (at appellant’s request) and the investigator’s having the appellant write a “letter of apology” to the victim during the interrogation did not render the appellant’s confession involuntary. Matter of Luis P., 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 02564, First Dept 4-12-18

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