Yorktown man, former Rockland day camp worker, pleads guilty to sex charge

A former Rockland County day camp worker will be registered as a sex offender after soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl on the Internet.

Howard Hochman of Yorktown, (left) who was a transportation coordinator for Camp Ramaquois in Pomona, pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court today to a felony charge of attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor.

Hochman, 62, agreed to serve five years probation, with time served, as part of the plea. Westchester County Judge Susan Cacace will sentence him on Oct. 4. He could have faced up to four years in state prison if convicted at trial.

According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Hochman had several Internet chats with the “girl” starting on March 30. The girl was actually an undercover investigator.┬áDuring the chats, Hochman allegedly discussed specific sexual acts and arranged to meet the “girl” in White Plains. When he arrived at the destination they had arranged online, he was arrested.

Camp Ramaquois’ director, Arthur Kessler, said Hochman was a staff member at the camp for two seasons, and Kessler said there was no indication that Hochman ever behaved inappropriately toward any campers.

He said the camp runs criminal background, sex-offender and reference checks on all staffers. He also said camp programs are designed to avoid any situation in which a staff member is left alone with a camper.

Hochman also used to work as a part-time program director for the Wagon Road Camp in Chappaqua from February 2005 to May 2009. Officials there said no accusations of misconduct were ever lodged against him.

Earlier in his career, Hochman was a New York City public school teacher and retired as an assistant principal.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.