19 July 2019
 Major Pierce V. Gallagher
 Troop F Commander


On July 17, 2019  New York State Police arrested Leonard W. Durante, age 35 of Mamakating, for Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors 1st Degree, (felony) Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Coercion 2nd.(both misdemeanors)  

The investigation determined that Mr. Durante, who was formerly employed as an Assistant Director of a summer camp, Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, New York, was corresponding via “Snap Chat” with a 16 year old male counselor from the camp.  He solicited naked pictures from the victim and requested to see the victim naked in person.  

Durante was arraigned in the Town of Mamakating Court and remanded to Sullivan County Jail on $40,000 bail. He has a return date of July 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who had similar interactions or knows of similar acts involving Leonard Durante, please contact the New York State Police, at 845-344-5300 reference SP Wurtsboro BCI case # 9036275.

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