Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Man 60, Faces Charges As Net Predator


Full story and MySpace profile:

Robert Testa, 60, of Yonkers, has been arrested and charged with three counts of attempted disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree and two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a series of graphic and sexually-explicit Instant Messages and telephone conversations he had with an undercover investigator believed by the defendant to be a 14 and eventually 15-year-old girl.

The arrest also marks the first arrest in Nassau County since last summer's Appellate Division ruling, People v. Kozlow. In the decision, the court held that sexually- explicit words alone do not constitute a felony crime under New York state law. While Mr. Testa's case includes three felony charges relating to e-mailed pictures, there is a misdemeanor charge that prior to the ruling, would have been prosecuted as a felony offense.

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