A Little League coach has pled guilty to charges of molesting boys, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. He will get 18 years in prison when sentenced on Sept. 28.
Once named named “Rochdale Village Little League Coach of the Year,” David Hartshorn, 54, has admitted to sexually abusing three boys at his residence between July 2009 and Aug. 2010 and filming two additional teenage boys engaging in sexual acts with one another, the DA said.
Hartshorn, who has been held without bail since his arrest in February 2011, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance.
Police executed a search warrant at Hartshorn’s residence and they discovered many movies on various formats, including VHS and DVD, showing young boys engaging in sexual acts and images of small children less than 10 years of age engaged in similar activity. The allegations came to light when one of the boys told his mother, and she contacted the police.
“The defendant has admitted being a sexual predator who took advantage of his position as a Little League baseball coach to get close to young boys before sexually abusing them,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a prepared statement. “The consequences of his actions can have a lasting and profound impact on his victims — for that reason alone, the intended prison sentence to be meted out by the court is more than warranted.”