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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Serial Rapist Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography and Public Lewdness

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MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Hempstead man has been sentenced to 1-1/3 years to four years in prison and must register as a sex offender for exposing himself to several women in Garden City and possessing more than a thousand images and videos of child pornography.

Cameron McDermott, 32, pled guilty on March 28 before Judge Robert McDonald to Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child (an E felony) and Public Lewdness (a B misdemeanor).

“This sexual predator terrorized women throughout our region as he accumulated a despicable collection of child pornography at home,” DA Singas said. “Our community is safer with this menace behind bars where he belongs.”

DA Singas said from September 2016 to January 2017, the defendant committed five acts of public lewdness in Garden City. In four of the five incidents, the defendant exposed himself to women while asking for directions. In the first incident, he put on a woman’s wig, bra, yoga pants, makeup and approached a woman, asked her for directions, exposed himself and urinated on her until she fought him off and got in her car.

At the time of his arrest by the Garden City Police Department on January 19, 2017, the defendant admitted to possessing child pornography. A subsequent search of his home resulted in the seizure of more than a thousand images and videos of child pornography on computers, external hard drives and a cell phone. Additionally, two computer files containing information on the sexual assaults of two unconscious women were found.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the defendant raped and sexually assaulted an unconscious woman inside apartments in the Murray Hill and Gramercy neighborhoods of Manhattan on eight occasions in 2010, and recorded and photographed the sexual assaults. The defendant further recorded and photographed himself raping and sexually assaulting a second unconscious woman inside an apartment on the Upper East Side on five occasions in 2013. Those cases were transferred to the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Following a guilty plea in Manhattan Criminal Court to one count of Rape in the First Degree, (a B violent felony) and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (a D violent felony), the defendant was sentenced to ten years in prison on April 13, 2018.

His sentence of 1-1/3 years to four years in prison in the Nassau case will run concurrently to the Manhattan case.

The NCDA thanks the Garden City Police Department and Detective Kevin Madden for their assistance in this case.

Assistant District Attorney George Smit of DA Singas’ Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau is prosecuting this case, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Anne Donnelly and Bureau Chief Rick Whelan. The defendant is represented by James Pascarella, Esq.

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