Ex-wife of Putnam lawyer convicted of having child porn glad he’s going away

The woman who first blew the whistle on Putnam County lawyer Robert Groezinger’s viewing of what she said was child pornography online sent me an email this morning rejoicing at his being sent to prison for 57 months. (Read the story here.)

Joanne Herdick divorced Groezinger a few years ago, taking her daughter Danielle away, saying she feared for the girl’s safety around Groezinger, who served as counsel to state Sen. Serphin Maltese for two decades. Herdick first had suspicions about her husband’s online activity as far back as 2002. She put tracking software on the family computer and called state police, who investigated but were unable to determine if what Groezinger had downloaded was child pornography.

Eventually, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested a man in California on child porn charges. What they found on his computer led them to Groezinger – he had been engaging in explicit online chats with the California man. The feds found 42 images of child porn on Groezinger’s laptop and a thumb drive.

Even though Herdick’s original assertions weren’t borne out by the state investigation, U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson  said he thought Herdick had it figured out years before anyone else. “I find it impossible to believe that the wife made it up,” he said.

Herdick’s email had the subject line: “Wonderful News!” Then she wrote, “Hello! It’s finally come to an end! Justice was served and my daughter and I couldn’t be happier.”

Tim O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor has covered the federal justice system for The Journal News since 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in Orange County, New York, and New Jersey. Born and raised in the Bronx, he has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in journalism.