FBI, Police Announce Child Porn Busts
NEW YORK (AP) _ A teacher and a Boy Scout leader were among 10 men arrested in three states in loosely connected rings that lured children to sex parties or distributed child pornography, authorities said.
The arrests, which began Friday night and continued through Sunday, were announced at a news conference by the FBI, the U.S. attorney’s office and local officials from New York City and Middlesex County, N.J.
One ring used cash, drugs and alcohol to lure children as young as age 6 to parties where they were sexually abused and another distributed pornographic material between Florida and a Greenwich Village bookstore catering to pedophiles, officials said.
In addition, a teacher who maintained a vast library of child pornography at his home was arrested, they said.
Those arrested were part of a loosely connected network of pedophiles in the New York area and may have exchanged pornographic materials among themselves, said police Inspector William O’Sullivan.
Five children ages 6 to 16 were lured to a 49th birthday party for Hilton Eldridge, a baker, at his apartment, O’Sullivan said.
An undercover officer invited to the party arrested Eldridge and two other men before any sex acts occurred, O’Sullivan said.
″The sex crimes that they were charged with ... (were) the result of previous encounters with the children,″ O’Sullivan said.
The two others were identified as Michael Olaskowitz, 36, of Manhattan, a clerk at the United Federation of Teachers who also served as a Boy Scout leader, and Ismael Montalvo, 24, who lived at a welfare hotel.
The 6-year-old attending the party was Montalvo’s nephew, O’Sullivan said.
Police later arrested two other men for past participation in the ring, and all five were charged with sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child.
The next arrest was that of 49-year-old Robert A. Nilsen, who was apprehended early Sunday at his suburban Old Bridge, N.J., home, said Allen Rockoff, the Middlesex County prosecutor.
Nilsen, a part-time psychology teacher at Monmouth College and a substitute elementary school teacher in New Jersey, was charged with the sale of child pornography, endangering the welfare of a minor and possessing photos depicting prohibited sexual acts, officials said.
Three men, including the owner and an employee of a book store, were arrested in the sale of two videotapes of child pornography to an undercover agent, officials said.
A New York man was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and charged with distributing child pornography for sale at the store, police said.