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2 elderly men arrested for possessing videos of children in diapers having sex with adults

By Mason White 1:08 PM November 4, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
Two elderly men were arrested on charges of possessing a sexual performance by a child after allegedly possessing videos of children having sex with adults, prosecutors in New York said.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that the two men, ages 68 and 70, downloaded from the Internet disturbing images and videos of children depicted in a sexual manner or performing sexual acts with adults.

“It is shocking that anyone, particularly men who are 68 and 70 years old, would watch and collect such sick images. The kids in these videos are real children, who are being sexually abused to satisfy deviants,” Thompson said.

The suspects were identified as 68-year-old Harvey Epstein of Homecrest Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, and 70-year-old John DeCotis of East 51st Street in Old Mill Basin.

They each face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

According to the police investigation, a detective identified a computer IP address that downloaded files of boys and girls engaging in sex acts with adult men and women.

The IP address was traced back to Epstein’s apartment on Homecrest Avenue in Brooklyn. A search warrant was later executed and detectives recovered a computer containing 221 video files depicting children, including one in diapers, engaging in sex acts with adults or in sexual performances.

In another incident, a detective identified a computer IP address that viewed a downloaded file of a young girl dressed provocatively and engaging in sex acts with an adult.

The IP address was traced back to DeCotis’s household on East 51st Street in Brooklyn. A search warrant was later executed, and detectives found a computer containing 21 video files depicting sexual performances by children.