N.Y. man faces sex charges after Rice Twp. incident

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
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RICE TWP. — A Long Island man faces sexual assault charges after a he was found “hanging out” with a 14-year old girl in a car Saturday evening, authorities say.

Shuli Li, 22, of West Sayville, N.Y., is alleged to have had sex with a underage girl in a wooded area.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers on patrol observed a suspicious car parked near a wooded area past no trespassing signs near the Valley Stream Trailer Park just before 5 p.m.

The officers met the driver, later identified as Li, in a silver car bearing a New Jersey registration. Li told officers that there weren’t any drugs in the car.

Officers puzzled by Li’s statement said they didn’t ask him about drugs. But did ask what he was doing in the forbidden area.

He told officers that he and his passenger, later identified as the 14-year old, were just “hanging out.” Authorities soon discovered the ages of Li and his passenger.

Before the officer approached the passenger, the authorities saw used napkins and a used condom near the passenger door.

The teen, a resident of the trailer park, told authorities that she and Li were just hanging out.

Li and the youth denied the used napkins and condom were theirs when asked by police. When asked again, the girl said she was at the location to have sex.

Li admitted to authorities that he knew he was having sex with a 14-year old and that the used napkins and condom were his.

While in police custody, Li told authorities that he had hung out with the girl three other times after he met her through a mutual friend.

He continued to tell them he picked the girl up at their “meeting spot” near the mailboxes at the entrance of the Valley Stream Park and drove to the wooded area where police found them.

Li said he began kissing the girl in the front seat of the car, which led to the victim performing oral sex on him.

The encounter proceeded to the back seat, where Li performed sex acts on her.

Li said he had previously had sex with the victim on two other occasions and that he had received nude photos from the victim.

He was arraigned Saturday by District Judge David A. Barilla on statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors charges.

Li was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

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By Dan Stokes

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