Feb. 6, 2023

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah is urging any possible victims of a New Rochelle man charged with multiple felony sex offenses involving children to contact the DA’s Office or police. Law enforcement has seized multiple devices, which are being analyzed to identify other possible victims or witnesses.

DA Rocah said: “Sexual exploitation of minors is a crime that preys upon their vulnerabilities. We ask anyone who may have been victimized or may have information about other victims to contact us. We recognize the great difficulty for survivors to come forward, but stand ready to provide support for victims as our investigation continues.”

The defendant, Jason Ricketts, 22, was arrested by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and arraigned in New Rochelle City Court on Feb.2, 2023. He was charged with Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, and
Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, all felonies. The defendant is currently being held on bail, which was set at $250,000 cash, $500,000 bond and $1 million partially-secured bond.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office’s Cyber Crimes Bureau, Child Abuse Bureau, High Technology Crimes Squad and Criminal Investigators with the Special Prosecutions Division conducted the investigation after receiving a referral from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The New Rochelle Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Anyone who may have been victimized or may have information about other possible victims of the defendant can contact the DA’s Office Special Prosecutions Division at (914) 995- 3000. Language assistance is available.

The case is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions Division’s Domestic Violence Bureau Deputy Chief Janelle Armentano, and the Cyber Crimes Bureau’s Deputy Chief Laura Forbes and Senior Assistant District Attorney Cooper Gorrie.

The charges against the defendant are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Anna Young, Public Information Officer
(914) 995-6551