A former “Rochdale Village Little League Coach of the Year” was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing three boys at his home between July 2009 and August 2010. He also used two other teenage boys in a sexual performance which he filmed, according to District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
David C. Hartshorn, 54, of 170-10 144th Avenue in the Rochdale Village of Queens was held without bail since his arrest in February 2011. He pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance.
“A coach can have a lasting impact on a child’s life. In this case, unfortunately, it was not in a good way,” District Attorney Brown said. “The defendant has admitted to being a sexual predator who took advantage of his position as a Little League coach to get close to young boys before sexually abusing them. For that reason alone, the prison sentence meted out by the Court today is more than warranted.”
A search warrant executed on Hartshorn’s home recovered many movies on various formats – including VHS and DVD – showing young boys engaging in sexual acts and images of small children less than ten years of age engaged in similar activity.
The allegations came to light when one of the boys told his mother, who then contacted police.