Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of JASON CARROLL, 32, for committing a criminal sex act against a two-year-old girl in a bathroom stall in Riverside Park, as well as possessing images of child exploitation. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree and Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child, and is expected to be sentenced on August 6, 2015.
“An act of violence against a child is the worst imaginable crime,” said District Attorney Vance. “In this case, concerned members of the public alerted law enforcement about the defendant’s conduct, and their heroism in protecting a defenseless young child cannot be understated. I am thankful to those good Samaritans, and to the prosecutors in my Office’s Child Abuse Unit who work on behalf of vulnerable young victims every day.”
According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, on September 24, 2013, CARROLL took a 2-year-old girl left in his care into a bathroom in Riverside Park near West 74th Street and the Hudson River Promenade. While inside a bathroom stall, CARROLL sexually assaulted the girl. Two individuals who witnessed the defendant’s behavior in the bathroom area and other bystanders called 911, and responding NYPD officers arrested the defendant.
The defendant was also found to be in possession of a cell phone containing images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.
Assistant District Attorneys Heather Buchanan and Colleen Walsh handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, Executive Assistant District Attorney Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.
District Attorney Vance also thanked members of the NYPD’s 20th Precinct, and in particular, Officer Anthony Giambra, for their assistance with the case.
JASON CARROLL, D.O.B. 6/25/1983
New York, NY