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Rocco Took Child Victim 1 from SDNY To Tampa Now US Argues No Confrontation Right

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SDNY COURT, Jan 2 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York back on September 29, 2022, a detention or bond proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott on a man charged with violating his supervised release in connection with Minor Victim-1 in Florida. He was detained, with a hearing now set for January 4, 2023.

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  Andrew Rocco pled guilty to firearms trafficking in early 2020. But once released, he declined to provide Probation with an address, a violation for which he appeared before District Judge Andrew L. Carter on August 16, 2022. The next day, prosecutors say, he left SDNY with Minor Victim-1, 16 years old.

 A US Attorney's Office filing on December 30, 2022, just before the holiday, recounts how they drove to Tampa, Florida "in a car in which crack and powder cocaine were found." He was arrested, and now contests having violated Florida Statute 787.03, unlawfully interfering with the custody of a minor.

  For the January 4 hearing, the US says it will present as a witness the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff's Office detective who arrested Rocco, under suspicion on human trafficking, and then a mentor for victims of child sexual assault, Talia Magnani. It seems to admit Victim-1's out of court statements, arguing that on violations of supervised release, the Confrontation Clause does not apply.
  The case is US v. Rocco, 18-cr-420 (Carter)



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