Sunday, February 13, 2011
Springfield Gardens perv pinched
A man who was once voted "Little League Coach of the Year" has been arrested and charged for allegedly molesting three teenage boys on his team and videotaping the acts, authorities announced Wednesday.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, David Hartshorn, 52, was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual acts, use of a child in a sexual performance and endangering the welfare of a child.
The sexual abuse of the victims -- described as two 14-year-old boys and one 13-year-old boy -- started in July 2009 and lasted until a few weeks ago, Brown said.
Hartshorn, a coach for the Rochdale Village Little League in Springfield Gardens, allegedly molested the teens inside his Queens home where officials say he exposed the minors to child pornography and got them to engage in sex acts which he filmed.
Among several shocking accusations, authorities allege that in August 2010, Hartshorn had as many as six teens over his residence to play a game of poker. The loser of the game was made to perform a sexual act on another boy, which Hartshorn filmed with a camcorder and allowed the other teens to watch live, police said.
A search warrant executed on the Hartshorn's residence allegedly recovered many movies on various formats - including VHS and DVD - showing the young boys engaging in sexual acts and images of small children less than ten years of age engaged in similar activity.
Hartshorn was taken into custody after the victims reported the abuse to police at the NYPD's 113th Precinct station house earlier this week.