For the second time this month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has sent kudos to a Rockland law enforcement agency.
This morning, the Rockland Computer Crimes Task Force got a pat on the computer for helping federal prosecutors bring charges against New York City Police Officer Trent Young. The task force is staffed with investigators from the Rockland Sheriff’s Department and Rockland District Attorney’s Office.
Young, 39, who also is a martial arts instructor has been charged with three counts of interstate transportation of minors for the purposes of illegal sexual activity (involving two alleged victims). He is being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment at 9 a.m. tomorrow before United State Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret Smith in the White Plains federal courthouse. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges involving having intercourse with two minors who were 14 and 15 when the alleged sexual abuse began two years ago.
U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia, in a press release, “praised the efforts and assistance” of the Rockland Sheriff’s Department and other agencies.
Part of the federal case against Young includes analysis of computer, cell phones and other electronic items. And that’s where the Rockland Computer Crimes Task Force enters the investigation.
“We did all the forensics work for their case,” said Rockland District Attorney’s Office Lt. John Gould, who heads the task force. “There were computers, cameras, cell phones, thumb drivers.”
Gould declined to discuss exactly what was found on the computers and other electronic items.
Gould said the task force works regularly with the FBI and Secret Service on federal investigations. Much of the task force’s investigations center on pedophiles searching the web and Internet chat rooms for children. The task force also does other Internet crime like identity thefts and other frauds.
Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office praised the assistance of the Rockland Narcotics Task Force. The undercover agency provided federal drugs agents with information on a New York City drug dealer that led to the arrest of a mayor of a Mexican city on charges of providing cocaine to dealers in the New York City-metropolitan area.
The Narcotics Task Force obtained the information during a wire-tape and surveillance investigation from late 2004 into 2005 into a local drug dealing operation that obtain cocaine and other drugs from New York City.
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