GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Brooklyn man after a joint investigation between the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office received a walk in complaint at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo of a father reporting his 13 year old daughter was enticed online by an unknown male and was coerced into performing acts that were sexual in nature.
The Sheriff's Office launched an investigation and worked with the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office to subpoena online information. The results of the subpoenas revealed the location of the unknown male was in Brooklyn, NY. Sheriff’s Investigators contacted the NYPD Vice Enforcement Unit to work the investigation together.
As a result of the collaborative efforts between the Sheriff's Office and the NYPD, a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence. The search warrant allegedly led to the recovery of over one hundred videos and images; many of which are suspected child pornography.
On February 22nd the NYPD arrested Josel Rodriguez, age 23 of Brooklyn, for a Class C Felony, Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. Rodriguez is being held on Rikers Island on $30,000 cash bail.
The investigation continues and further charges are expected as a result of the investigation. Handling the investigation for the Sheriff's Office were Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Didas.