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Sunday, November 6, 2011

N.Y. man to serve 18 months for Provincetown hate crime

A Staten Island, N.Y., man has been sentenced to 18 months of jail after being found guilty of multiple charges of assault and battery and a civil rights violation for a hate crime July 31 in Provincetown involving a gay couple.

Steven Caminiti, 24, who has family in Wellfleet, admitted Oct. 26 to sufficient facts for a guilty finding on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery to intimidate, assault and battery to intimidate with bodily injury and a civil rights violation.

A second suspect, Dorjee Gyadatsang of Provincetown, 24, was released Wednesday because there was not enough evidence against him, court records show.

The incident in Provincetown occurred just after midnight when two gay men were walking along Pleasant Street, and a car passed them headed in the wrong direction on the one-way street, court records show. One of the two men told the driver that the car was headed in the wrong direction, and that comment led to the car stopping and the two occupants getting out. A fight ensued, and a beer bottle was broken over one of the victim's heads.
Caminiti later was identified by one of the men as the assailant, court records show.

A second charge against Caminiti of assault and battery to intimidate with bodily injury and three charges of assault and battery were dismissed at the request of prosecutors, court records show.

Assault and battery to intimidate and a civil rights violation are charges reportable under the state's hate crime statute, said Cape and Islands First Assistant District Attorney Michael Trudeau on Friday.

Caminiti is also required to attend an awareness program, court records show. His jail sentence will run concurrent with other probation violation sentences, according to court records.

"I couldn't be any more pleased with the outcome, certainly with the Provincetown police response and investigation, and with taking care of the victims," Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran said on Friday. "Initially, we were going on very little."

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