Queens DA Cautions Parents about Online Predators

A Bronx man was convicted and a Long Island man was arrested in separate cases for sending sexually explicit material over the Internet to a minor. Queens District Attorney Brown cautions parents to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

“These cases should serve as a warning to parents that they must be vigilant in monitoring their children’s activities online, where all predators lurk under the cloak of anonymity,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “Children must be warned of the dangers of communicating with people who they meet online.”

Carlos Texiera of the Bronx, who faces sentencing in two weeks, could spend up to seven years in prison. The 29-year-old was convicted of eight counts of first-degree disseminating indecent material to minors and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Aside from engaging in sexually explicit online conversations, Texiera sent the 13-year-old girl pornographic videos over the Internet.  The girl’s mother called the police after discovering the messages from monitoring software she installed on her daughter’s computer.

Gary Aronowitz of Plainview was arrested in Queens when he arrived at a location he arranged to meet a person whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. The young girl was actually a NYPD undercover detective. Aronowitz had spoken with the “girl” multiple times online and arranged to meet her to have sexual intercourse. The 62-year-old is being faced with charges of second-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. Aronowitz faces up to four years in prison if convicted when he returns to court in two weeks.




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