Port De­posit man gets 11 years for hav­ing sex with girl

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

KINGSTON, N.Y. — A 49-year-old Port De­posit man ac­cused of hav­ing sex with a 14-year-old New York girl he had met on­line re­ceived a max­i­mum 11-year prison sen­tence on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the Ul­ster County (N.Y.) District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Ul­ster County Court Judge Don­ald A. Wil­liams or­dered the de­fen­dant, Daniel Ken­neth Poole, of the 100 block of Rem­ing­ton Road, to serve 10 years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion after com­plet­ing his 11-year term in a New York state prison and to reg­is­ter as a con­victed sex of­fender for the rest of his life, pros­e­cu­tors said. Poole’s pro­ba­tion pe­riod also is the max­i­mum.

In ad­di­tion, pros­e­cu­tors added, an Or­der of Pro­tec­tion in fa­vor of the vic­tim and her par­ents will re­main in ef­fect un­til 2046.

Poole had pleaded guilty to third­de­gree rape, also known as statu­tory rape, and to sec­ond-de­gree crim­i­nal sex­ual act in July, ac­cord­ing to Hol­ley Carn­right, a UCDAO prose­cu­tor and spokes­woman.

In do­ing so, ac­cord­ing to the prose­cu­tor, Poole ad­mit­ted to en­gag­ing in a sex act with the teen in June 2016 and to en­gag­ing in a dif­fer­ent sex act with the girl in Oc­to­ber 2016

On both oc­ca­sions, Poole had driven from Port De­posit to the Rifton area of Epo­sus, N.Y., to ren­dezvous with the teen, who is 35 years his ju­nior, pros­e­cu­tors noted.

Mem­bers of the Ul­ster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s K-9 Unit ar­rested Poole about 9 a.m. on Jan. 25, after notic­ing a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle with Mary­land tags parked close to where they were do­ing a train- ing ex­er­cise in the Rifton sec­tion of Epo­sus, N.Y., po­lice said.

Mo­ments later, po­lice added, those deputies spot­ted a young girl walk­ing to­ward a man in the driver’s seat of that sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle, later iden­ti­fied as Poole, who told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he was there to meet the girl.

“They no­ticed her, then they no­ticed him. It was a com­pletely hap­pen­stance thing,” Det. Lt. Dirk Budd of the UCSO told the Cecil Whig a day after Poole’s ar­rest, not­ing that deputies and de­tec­tives im­me­di­ately sus­pected some­thing was awry.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Poole had met the teen on­line ap­prox­i­mately one year ear­lier and that, for the pre­vi­ous six months, he had been trav­el­ing from Cecil County to Ul­ster County “to en­gage in sex­ual acts with the vic­tim,” whom he typ­i­cally met at that spot where he was caught, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment re­leased at the time.

Budd noted that the age of con­sent for sex in New York is 17.

UCSO de­tec­tives con­tacted Cecil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors, who, at that New York agency’s re­quest, con­ducted a court-ap­proved search of Poole’s home on Rem­ing­ton Road near Port De­posit, po­lice said. In­ves­ti­ga­tors found and con­fis­cated ad­di­tional ev­i­dence in­side Poole’s res­i­dence, in­clud­ing his com­puter, po­lice added.

At the con­clu­sion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Poole was charged with six counts of rape and seven counts of crim­i­nal sex act.

After Poole’s sen­tenc­ing, Carn­right cau­tioned that it is “crit­i­cal that par­ents are aware that preda­tors of this na­ture re­ally do ex­ist and are en­gag­ing chil­dren on­line.” She also lauded the Ul­ster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for the “quick think­ing of the of­fi­cers at the train­ing site who are not specif­i­cally trained nor reg­u­larly han­dle sex crimes against chil­dren.”


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