dr. hunter THE “international security specialist”

SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN STATE PRISON

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Lawrence J. Bottone aka “Dr. Hunter” (DOB 05/21/58) of 64 Howard Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison on his May 2012 guilty plea to:

 

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

 

relating to his actions involving six victims.

 

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 admitted to whipping 2 victims with ropes, to placing pins underneath another victim’s fingernails, removing another victim’s fingernail with a cuticle cutter and inserting a scalpel underneath a fingernail of another victim.

 

The assaults occurred on the Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla.

 

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

 

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