L.I. Girl Plays Role In Arrest Of Alleged Online Predator

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBS 2) — A Long Island teenager is credited with putting an alleged sexual predator behind bars.

The Garden City girl was pressured into sending explicit videos of herself to a man in upstate New York – until she decided enough was enough, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

Professional landscaper and father of two Timothy Laskaris allegedly tricked, and for months bullied, a Long Island girl into performing for him via Internet webcam.

“The videos were all of a sexual nature,” Garden City Police Det. Sgt. Jim Bartkowski said.

Laskaris, 59, was in Getzville, upstate near Buffalo, while the girl from Long Island was under 16 years old.

Investigators say Laskaris posed as a 23-year-old, and that the girl followed his instructions during Internet chats from February through October.

“He stated that, ‘if you do not do what I tell you to do and send me more videos, I will then post the previous videos online for everybody to see,’” Det. Sgt. Bartkowski said. “When she finally reached her limit, she told her father.”

Garden City police made the arrest, confiscated computers, and said they believe Laskaris may be responsible for dozens of similar crimes across the country.

With danger lurking online, parents are urged to supervise and investigate what their children are doing while on their computers.

Stephanie Emma Pfeffer is an editor at Family Circle Magazine.

“You should emphasize that they can always expect to have you checking their online logs, records, Facebook profiles, and definitely get some parenting monitoring software so you are always in the loop of what they’re doing when you are not around,” Pfeffer said.

When adults fail to get through, parents and educators can turn to a group called Teen Angels, which have chapters across the nation – including right here in the tri-state area. These local teenagers meet with other kids, in homes and schools, to talk about online bullying and predators.

“You stop talking to the person who contacted you, you block them so they can’t talk to you anymore, and you tell a trusted adult to help you with the situation,” Maria L., a Teen Angel, said.

Maria said the victim in Garden City should have used “stop, block and tell” at the very first contact, to prevent abuse and humiliation.

Laskaris was arraigned Thursday on charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child, disseminating indecent materials to minors and endangering the welfare of a child.

  • ann

    i talked to this man way before he was arrested. i had my suspicions. its an embarassing thing that is hard to tell and i appolaud the victim for standing up for herself. i was in such a deep depression i just needed someone to listen or be there while i was all alone. this is a complicated situation for anyone to handle

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  • Jennifer

    I think it’s terrible for people to put blame on the victim or the parents of the victim. Yes parents are responsible to know what their children are up to but this is a new era. Many children are more advanced in computer technology than their parents. I have first hand experience with this and I tell you a 14 year old should not be blamed for somebody luring her to do something of this magnitude. First of all she doesn’t know the laws that she can be incriminated for being an active party to this. We need to get stricter laws that don’t allow sexual videos to be made and sent over the internet. That’s number one. And there’s NO EXCUSE for an adult male to use a young girl this way. Shame on him. May he rot in jail. How would he feel if someone exploited his children?

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  • Roy

    Where are the parents,wjile these events were happening,they have to take some responcibilty, for their daughters poor judgement and behavior, but on the other hand,this perp needs to go to prison for a long time…………………

    • Jennifer

      Roy, I’m sure the parents are blaming themselves, as I am, but the truth of the matter is there are sick people out there children can meet on the street and multiply those people by the thousands that can lure children to chat with them. Children don’t realize the consequences of these meetings that they feel are private, but can be video taped by the person on the other end. Children are innocent and trusting and a skilled predator knows just how to make them do whatever they want. I applaud the victim for trusting in her father and for the father to help her.

  • The Good Samaritan

    The victim is at fault here. No one told her to send the pictures.
    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  • alan foo

    Yeah, sure… and I was blessed to be forced to listen to admin protoges at a K12 brag about forcing preachers to watch his porn videos that he claimed were developed for use in public schools. This all while the daughter of a close family friend was raped in the high school building, I do mean the whole nine yards, and so effectively covered up by admin. That’s probably where guys like this one have been poddy trianed.

  • Winston O'Brien

    No evidence available to the public that he did anything, but we got him castrated and diagnosed. The media does an excellent job of making the “sex offender” into scary, gotcha entertainment for the great unwashed. And isn’t it interesting the the “offender” is always an ugly, unkempt guy who just looks like he’s guilty of something? Remember a few years back when the No Spin Zone guy, Bill O’Rielly had some problems with forcing himself on a woman? Boy was that a short-lived story !!! How about Slick Willy Clinton and the multiple women that he offended? No follow up there. And these are wonderful, respectable guys ~ and they have wealth and power…. uh…. How come they aren’t poster boys for the sexual predator crowd?

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  • Greta

    Agree with Cathy. Pervs=psychopaths

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