On Sept. 29, Detective Robert DelMuro of the Port Washington Police District arrested Daniel T. Gillott of North Bellmore, on two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. The investigation, which led to this arrest, was a result of a report by a 16-year-old female who reported inappropriate and forcible sexual contact by the defendant, ultimately identified as Daniel Gillott, age 37. Their initial contact was made on a popular Internet website. According to police, as a result of the young woman's profile, Gillott appeared at her place of business and lured her to a vacant business parking lot, where the alleged assault took place.
Deputy Chief Ronald DeMeo of the Port Washington Police Department stated the following:
"It has become necessary for the police department to issue serious and strong warnings to both students and their parents regarding Internet use. The unrestricted use of instant messaging, chat rooms and personal profiles on popular sites for young people is an open door for anyone whose motives are dangerous and illegal.
"Students and parents must use caution and common sense with the Internet. Your child is a target for criminals who use the Internet to prey upon their trust and innocence. Young children should be monitored at all times, and young adults must understand that not all information presented in profiles is true or safe. The very freedom of anonymity is what allows pedophiles and molesters to target, groom and potentially harm your child.
"Meeting with unknown individuals through Internet communication is dangerous and should never occur without adult knowledge and/or participation.
"This recent arrest regarding the Internet abuse that occurred in Port Washington underscores the importance of this message and the seriousness of its consequences. The police district is sending this notice with the hope that you will have an open discussion with your children and talk about the boundaries of internet behavior. It may be one of the most important conversations you will ever have with your child.
"This notice is not being sent to cause unnecessary fear or alarm. It is being sent because this is a very real threat to the children of our community. It is becoming an all too common occurrence but with open family communication and caution, it can be stopped.
"If you have any further questions, please contact Deputy Chief Ronald DeMeo at 883-0500, extension 336, or Detective Sergeant Paul Gross at extension 313."