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December 12, 2012

Garden City Scout Leader Charged With Possessing and Promoting Child Pornography

Orenchuk works at local library, and as an Assistant Scout Master for a local Boy Scout troop

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Garden City man has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies for possessing images of child pornography and making those images available to others via the Internet. Edward Orenchuk, III

Edward Orenchuk, III, 23, was arrested this morning by DA Investigators and charged with three counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child as a Sexually Motivated Felony, and three counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead.

Rice said that during August and September 2012, Investigators from the DA’s Office observed Orenchuk making multiple images of child pornography available over the Internet for download by other people. Investigators tracked the source of those images to a Wheeler Avenue residence in Garden City. Orenchuk implicated himself during the execution of a search warrant at this home this morning, indicating that he had hundreds of images on his personal computer.

Orenchuk is currently employed as a page at the Garden City Public Library. He is also an Eagle Scout who serves as an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scout Troop #243 in Garden City. The images contain children as young as five years old.

“This defendant’s regular contact with children in a position of authority makes these charges that much more disturbing,” Rice said. “My office is committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting those who traffic in this horrific material.”

Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Glicksman of the Technology Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.