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.