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David Hartshorn, NYC Little League Coach, Accused of Molesting Three Teenage Players

David Hartshorn (Personal Photo)

Former Little League Coach David Hartshorn Accused of Molesting Teenage Players
David Hartshorn (Personal Photo)
(CBS/WCBS/AP) A New York City Little League coach accused of sexually abusing boys on his baseball team and videotaping some of the acts collapsed in court Wednesday as the charges against him were read.

David Hartshorn, who volunteered as a coach in Rochdale Village, Queens, was charged with using a child in a sexual performance and sexual abuse.

As prosecutors presented evidence against the 52-year-old, Hartshorn turned to his lawyer, claimed he did not feel well, and then collapsed, reports CBS station WCBS.

Once the suspect was revived, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown continued with the proceedings and claimed Hartshorn had inappropriate contact with two 14-year-old boys and a 13-year-old.

Brown said Hartshorn had the boys play games like poker and made the loser perform a sex act in front of the others while the suspect allegedly filmed.

In a search of Hartshorn's home, detectives recovered decades-old videos made of young boys engaging in sex acts, as well as images of small children engaging in similar sexual activities, says WCBS.

The allegations came to light after one of the boys told his mother, who then notified police.

The Rochdale Village Little League coach is accused of sexually assaulting at least three teenage players- ages 13 and 14- from July 2009 until January 2011.

Although Hartshorn has a criminal record, including sodomy and promoting the sexual performance of a child, the charges are over 20 years old and may not have shown up on a background check.

Hartshorn did not enter a plea and has been ordered held without bail.

  • Caroline Black

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