dr. hunter “international security specialist”

pleads guilty to assaulting six victims

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Lawrence J. Bottone (DOB 05/21/58) of 64 Howard Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut, pled guilty today to:

 

·         six counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class “D” Violent Felonies,

 

relating to his actions involving six victims.

 

Opening arguments were to begin next week.

 

The defendant lured his young victims posing as a professor and claiming to be “Dr. Hunter,” who falsely pretended to work at Westchester Community College (“WCC”) and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. 

 

He offered his victims the opportunity to join a training program to prepare for employment with international security firms. If successfully completed the defendant promised that they would obtain high paying jobs.

 

Once they agreed to sign up and joined the program —which required them to sign a multiple-page contract and to give their oath of silence as to what would take place in the program—each of the victims were subjected to physical abuse. Some of the defendant’s methods included whippings and beatings while the victims were naked and covered with vegetable oil, and the painful insertion of pins and in one case a scalpel under fingernails.

 

In May of 2010 one of the defendant’s victims reported the defendant’s criminal conduct to police and an investigation was commenced by the Westchester County Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  

 

During the investigation Westchester County Police recovered documents related to the crimes and a duffel bag that contained a scalpel, needles, rope, strapping tape, vegetable oil, and dental instruments among other items.

The defendant was charged with crimes involving six separate victims and entered pleas of guilty to each victim for assaults occurring on the Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla.

 

Specifically the defendant pled guilty to separate counts of Assault in the Second Degree as to each of the following incidents:

 

Between March 1st and March 31st, 2010, the defendant admitted to whipping another victim with ropes.

 

Between February 1st and March 31st, 2010, the defendant admitted to placing pins underneath another victim’s fingernails.

 

In October of 2009, defendant removed another victim’s fingernail with a cuticle cutter.

 

In July of 2009, the defendant admitted he inserted a scalpel underneath a fingernail of another victim.

 

And between September 1st and October 31st, 2009, the defendant admitted he whipped another victim with ropes.

 

The defendant was previously convicted of assault in the State of Connecticut in 1997 and as a result will be sentenced in New York State as a second felony offender.

 

Sentencing will take place on July 25, 2012.

 

Second Deputy District Attorney Audrey Stone, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division, and Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Borden of the Special Prosecutions Division are prosecuting the case.

 

 

Lawrence J. Bottone