Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today that a Rockland County Grand Jury has indicted Ottoniel Gomez-Martinez, 42 of Ramapo, New York, on one count of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (PL Sec. 130.96), one count of Rape in the First Degree (PL Sec. 130.35(3)), one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (PL Sec. 130.65(3)), and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (PL Sec. 260.10(1)).
On February 2, 2023, Ottoniel Gomez-Martinez is alleged to have sexually abused and raped a seven-year-old female in his home.
District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II said, “As alleged, the defendant used his relationship with the seven-year-old victim to violate and sexually abuse her. The defendant will now be held responsible for his heinous actions, and he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must undertake all efforts to protect our children. They are the future.”
The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison on the top count. The investigation was conducted by the Ramapo Police Department with the assistance of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit. Supervising Assistant District Attorney Gerard M. Damiani III is prosecuting the case.
It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Israeli Flag Outside Clarkstown Town Hall Stolen, Teen Arrested
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.
NYC Man Pleads Guilty Following Ongoing Rockland County DA Sting Operation Targeting Online Predators
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.