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Former Clarkstown Teacher Arrested on Various Charges Stemming from Misconduct with 15-Year-Old

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NEW CITY, NY – On May 10, 2021, the Clarkstown Detective Bureau arrested, Ms. Samantha Silberman a 30-year old female, on various charges stemming from misconduct with a juvenile.

Ms. Silberman is accused of abusing a 15-year old victim during late 2019 and early 2020. Police are not releasing further information pertaining to the victim due to their age.

Samantha Silberman, a former teacher within the Clarkstown Central School District, was charged with 1 count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (misdemeanor) and 1 count of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd (misdemeanor). Ms.
Silberman was arraigned in Town of Clarkstown Justice Court by Judge Ascher, the defendant was released pending a future court appearance on June 7, 2021.

The Clarkstown Detective Bureau continues to investigate this incident and is asking anyone with information to contact the department at (845)639-5840.

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Israeli Flag Outside Clarkstown Town Hall Stolen, Teen Arrested

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NEW CITY, NY – On Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 12:15pm, officers from the Clarkstown Police Department responded to Clarkstown Town Hall for reports that the Israeli flag had been stolen from the flag pole on which it was flying.

A witness stated to our dispatchers that an unknown male wearing dark clothing was observed ripping the Israeli flag from its flag pole and was running toward Rt. 304. A responding officer quickly located the above described male on Congers Rd., just east of Rt. 304. The male was attempting to remove his sweatshirt and conceal the flag in it when officers stopped to question him. The male was placed under arrest and transported to CPD headquarters where he was processed. The case is being handled by our JAB – Detectives as the arrestee is 15 years of age.

The Clarkstown Police Department is continuing to investigate all aspects of this crime, including but not limited to the possibility of this being a hate crime.

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NYC Man Pleads Guilty Following Ongoing Rockland County DA Sting Operation Targeting Online Predators

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today that Dylan Choe, a 24-year-old male from New York City has pleaded guilty to disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree for attempting to meet a minor.

In January of 2023, Choe engaged in an online conversation with a Rockland County District Attorney’s Office undercover investigator on a social media platform. The undercover investigator claimed to be a thirteen-year-old female from Rockland County. The defendant proceeded to have a sexually explicit conversation with the investigator, whom he thought was a minor. As conversations advanced, Choe made arrangements for the two to meet at a Rockland County hotel.

On January 19, 2023, Choe checked into a Rockland hotel and waited for the individual he believed to be a thirteen-year-old girl. Choe was arrested and charged with disseminating indecent materials to minors in the first degree.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said, “Our office remains committed to ensuring the safety of innocent children in our community. This case is a clear warning to all that predatory behavior will be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice.”
Today’s announced guilty plea is the latest action in an ongoing cybercrime sting operation first launched by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office in 2022. Last December, Rockland County District Attorney’s Office investigators arrested seven men for sex crimes following a separate operation called “Operation Catfish.”

The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office has been a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) since 2020. The ICAC is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces, representing over 5,400 federal, state, and local law enforcement, dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children.

The defendant pleaded guilty on October 16, 2023 before the Honorable Kevin F. Russo. Choe is scheduled to be sentenced on January 17, 2024. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Delohery.

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