Coach accused of molestation; Cops look for more victims

February 10, 2011 3:22:53 AM PST
Police are looking for more victims after a Queens Little League coach was charged with molesting three players and possibly videotaping the assaults.

David Hartshorn, 52, has been a Little League coach for the past decade in Rochdale Village. Police say they found videos in his home showing boys as young as 10 years old engaged in sex acts.

A friend of Hartshorn says the suspect called him from jail and blamed the victims.

"'You known them long enough, you know how they lie, they tell stories' and all of this and yak, yak, yak," Carl Findley said Hartshorn told him. "And I'm sitting there saying, 'alright, alright. The best thing you can do is get a lawyer.'"

Authorities say they know of at least three victims, but they believe there could be more. They're urging parents whose children had contact with Hartshorn to talk to their children.

Hartshorn is charged with criminal sexual acts and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police believe the alleged assaults occurred in Hartshorn's home beginning in July 2009.

Prosecutors say investigators pulled a mountain of video evidence from the coach's house, including child pornography.

Hartshorn was also the administrator of the team's Facebook page. He was named coach of the year at one point.

While Little League officials say the team has been chartered since 1981, they would not comment any further. It's also unclear if any background checks were made on Hartshorn.

During his arraignment, Hartshorn collapsed. He did not lose consciousness and was revived.

He will be held without bail, and his next court date is Feb. 28.