Port Deposit man gets 11 years for having sex with girl
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.”