QUEENS — A 73-year-old Queens man has been charged with sending sexually explicit text messages over the last month to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl — but turned out to be an investigator.
Joel Einhorn, of Utopia Parkway in Hillcrest, Queens, was charged with second-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, a New York State Police investigator, acting as a 13-year-old girl, responded on October 18, 2016, to a personal ad on Craigslist entitled, “Daddy looking for ‘real’ Queens ‘girl’ No flakes (M4W).”
It is alleged that between that day and Nov. 17, 2016, Einhorn chatted online with the investigator who told him on more than one occasion that he was a 13-year-old girl living in Queens.
During those conversations, it is alleged that Einhorn used explicit sexual language and discussed various ways he planned to sexually please her and his desire to meet with the teenager for sex.
Einhorn was arrested on Nov. 17, 2016, when he arrived at a pre-arranged meeting location in Queens in a red 2015 Honda Civic.
Inside the vehicle, investigators allegedly recovered an open black bag containing sexual paraphernalia.
Einhorn, who faces up to four years in prison if convicted, was ordered held on $7,500 bail and to return to court on December 20, 2016.
“The defendant is accused of conversing online for a month with a person who he believed to be an underage teen girl,”DA Brown said. “Unbeknownst to the defendant, he was actually conversing with an undercover police officer. This case illustrates the tenacity of alleged sexual predators and the amount of time they are willing to expend grooming a teen to accomplish their goal of meeting in person an underage child for sexual relations.”