ULSTER, N.Y. (CBS) — A 58-year-old man from Hingham is under arrest and charged with trying to have sex with a teenager.

Daniel Gillen is charged with attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor and attempting to unlawfully deal with a child.

Police say their investigation started in July of 2009 when a deputy with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office in New York posed as a 14-year-old girl and started chatting with Gillen in an AOL chat room.

There were several chats over a year and a half, say officers, adding that in that time he sent a pornographic image, sent  a link to a pornographic website and talked about meeting with the teen to have sex.

Gillen was arrested Friday at the Hudson Valley Mall in Ulster where police say he planned to meet what he thought was the 14-year-old girl. When he was taken into custody officers found he had two Viagra pills and wine coolers.

Ulster County is approximately 90 miles north of New York City.

Comments (4)
  1. Cynic says:

    I always feel uneasy when cases such as this are brought.It would seem to me that there is enough crime that the Police could spend thier time on instead of creating it. Did it take 16 months for the Cop to manipulate the person into committing a crime that he would never considered commiting if it were not for the efforts of this Professional offense creator? If I were the Judge in the case it would want to see copies of EVERY communication beginning with the first one from the Cop.

  2. jaygee says:

    Entrapment you say? Ahh….not exactly. Regardless of how long this took, a 58 year old man should not be talking to a 14 year old and sending pictures of his genitals out over the internet. What if it wasn’t a cop and he went to N.Y. and met a real 14 year old girl? Any ideas on what would have happened?

  3. shotime says:

    I totally agree with you jaygee! I have absolutely no problem with authorities posing as 14 years olds in order to lure these repulsive perverts! Do whatever it takes to keep our young safe from such disgusting trash!

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