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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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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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Haverstraw PD Arrest Two Individuals in Connection with Armed Robbery in Pomona

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HAVERSTRAW,NY – 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝟏𝟐:𝟒𝟐𝐚𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐎𝐥𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐦 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐦 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞. 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠.

Update (10/21/23): Last evening, the Haverstraw Police Department arrested a second individual in connection with this robbery. Proceeds of the robbery were recovered pursuant to a search warrant at the location where this individual resides. The investigation remains ongoing.

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