An undercover investigator posed as a minor in a series of text conversations culminating in a plan to meet for sex, prosecutors said.
NEW CITY, NY — An attorney from Long Island faces a felony charge following an undercover investigation by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office into predators preying on minors using online platforms.
Daniel Waxman, 55, of Cedarhurst, faces a charge of attempted disseminating indecent material to minors, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced Thursday.
Prosecutors said that from May 22 – 31, an undercover investigator from the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office posed as a minor and engaged in a series of text conversations with Waxman. The investigator told Waxman on multiple occasions that she was a 15-year-old girl, they said.
His texts to the undercover investigator became increasingly more sexual, prosecutors said, culminating in him arranging to meet the minor to engage in sexual conduct.
On Wednesday, detectives from the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office in coordination with the Ramapo Police Department took Waxman into custody after he arrived in Rockland County for the supposed tryst.
“The exploitation of children is an abhorrent act, one that will not be tolerated in Rockland County,” Walsh said. “My Office is committed to protecting these vulnerable victims and
ensuring that those who exploit them will face the full force of the law. Let me be very clear, if you prey on innocent children in Rockland County, we will track you down and bring you to justice.”
Waxman appeared before the Honorable Djinsad Desir in Ramapo Justice Court Wednesday,
for arraignment with a return court date of June 6. Bail was set at $150,000 cash and $250,000
bond. The defendant had to surrender his passports and must refrain from communication by electronic means with minors during the legal process.
The Ramapo Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Nassau County Police
Department assisted in the investigation. Senior Assistant District Attorney Rebecca McGee is assigned to the case, Walsh said.