Pace cultural events director charged with child porn

A Rye Brook man who is the director of cultural events at Pace University is accused of having child pornography and soliciting someone he thought was a friend — but was actually an undercover investigator — to view pornographic photos with him.

David G. Watson, 62, was charged with one count each of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child. Both charges are felonies.

According to the Westchester County District Attorney ‘s office, Watson began chatting online with an undercover investigator from the District Attorney’s office in February 2010, shortly after Watson posted personal ads on Craigslist soliciting a “nubile girl next door.”

Last weekend, Watson asked the investigator to meet him at the Elmsford Motel on Tarrytown Road to view some photographs together. When Watson arrived at the motel with images of children in sexually suggestive poses, he was arrested.

Authorities, using a warrant, searched his home, vehicle and a storage locker and found child pornography on his computer, as well as pornographic films and photographs showing children performing obscene acts, the DA’s office said.

Watson faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted. He was arraigned in Elmsford Justice Court this morning. He is due back in court on Dec. 8. He is free on $10,000 bail.

Officials at Pace University said they learned of Watson’s arraignment on felony child pornography charges this morning. The university has placed Watson on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

Watson’s attorney, Richard Portale, said he would have a statement later this afternoon.

Dobbs Ferry man pleads guilty to underage sex attempt online

A Dobbs Ferry man admitted in court today that he tried to solicit sex from someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl but who was actually an undercover investigator.
David Bagley, 25, pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court to attempted dissemination of indecent materials to a minor, possession of a sexual performance by a child and promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, all felonies.
Prosecutors accused Bagley of attempting to solicit sex from the “girl” during online chats  from November 12 to 23. Bagley also was accused of having sexual images of children on a computer file called “childlover_little” and of sharing child sex performances over the Internet. He was arrested Dec. 15.
Bagley agreed to serve consecutive one-year sentences at the Westchester County jail in Valhalla, for a total of two years behind bars. Westchester Judge Susan Cacace set a sentencing date for Sept. 7. Bagley, who had been free on $10,000 bail, was taken into custody after the plea.
He had faced up to seven years in state prison on the top charge of a 50-count indictment.
His guilty plea today covered a pending misdemeanor case in Dobbs Ferry, where he was charged with with unlawfully dealing with a child for allegedly buying alcohol for minors.
Photo of David Bagley, courtesy of the Westchester County District Attorney’s office