HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AND KARATE INSTRUCTOR

ARRAIGNED FOR SOLICITING A “15 YEAR OLD”

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Joseph Sayers (DOB 06/03/68) of 294 Sherman Avenue, Hawthorne, New York, has been arraigned on a Felony Complaint charging him with:

 

·          one count of Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors, in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

 

Between March 5th, 2012 and April 3rd, 2012, an investigator from the Westchester County District Attorneys office, while acting in an undercover capacity, assumed the “role” of a fifteen year old female and engaged in a series of “chat” conversations with the defendant via an internet chat room.

 

The undercover made it clear to defendant that “she” was a fifteen years old girl.  The defendant discussed specific sexual acts, in which he would like to engage.

 

The defendant was arrested earlier today and arraigned in White Plains City Court. He is a high school history teacher at the Haldane High School in Cold Spring, New York. 

 

The defendant is due back in court on April 17th, 2012.

 

Bail was set at $20,000 cash or bond.

 

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

 

Assistant District Attorney ToniAnn Gagliardi of the Investigations Division is prosecuting the case.

 

 

Joseph Sayers

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of

Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.