|Joseph Hayon, the latest NY politico to "perp walk", leaves Court after being arraigned on kiddie porn charges|
(photo by Jesse Ward, NY Daily News)
And the hits just keep on coming.
In our ever-vigilant attempt to document corruption in NY politics this year, Behind Enemy Lines is sad to report yet another arrest of a NY politician - and this one may be the ickiest one of all so far.
The NY Daily News reported on Friday that Brooklyn Republican Joseph Hayon - a failed candidate for NY Assembly and NY City Council, was arrested for possesion materials depicting the sexual performance of a child.
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A failed Brooklyn political candidate who vowed to “protect our children” allegedly admitted to viewing 20 images of child pornography.
Joseph Hayon was charged Friday for allegedly using a JUNO.com email account to share the filthy images on Dec. 26, 2014 from his Midwood home.
Hayon, 38, was charged with one count of possession a sexual performance of a child after The CyberTipline notified the NYPD, who issued a search warrant for his home and business, said prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto.
Police seized a tablet, video cameras, two laptops, five desktop computers and a Samsung phone.
Further down the article, prosecutors indicated that the charges go beyond mere allegation:
The 2012 Republican candidate for District 41 of the state Assembly, who lost against incumbent Helene Weinstein, made written statements where he admits to owning the email address, viewing and sharing “children engaged in sexual conduct,” according to the criminal complaint.
The disgusting images are all of girls, some as young as two-years-old, (Asst. Dist. Att'y) Cotto said.
Hayon, who was once featured in a photo as part of a story about young Brooklyn Republicans living in NYC, has been a prominent member of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club and a leader of the Brooklyn Tea Party.
And as a matter of full disclosure, Hayon was elected as a Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Republican Party 2013, an organization which both Russell and I are part of the leadership.
This isn't Hayon's first run-in with the law. Hayon was arrested this past October for Assault with Intent to Cause Physical Injury. He was scheduled to be granted an "adjournment conditioned upon dismissal" in November, but these new charges may upset that applecart.
Hayon also has criminal trouble outside of NYC, when he was accused of dealing drugs and assault in 2000. According to comments given to JPUpdates, Hayon denied being a drug dealer.
“I invited over these teenagers for Shabbos. I was never caught dealing with drugs,” he said. “Did anybody sell drugs in my house? Yes. Did I give them permission? No. People thought I was a drug dealer? Yes. Was it true? No.”
Hayon remains out on bail, but has been ordered to stay away from his children. He will return to court on May 26th.
UPDATE: Here's some reaction from the Twitters on what they think of Mr. Hayon (Warning: Some graphic language) including an article trying to connect Hayon to news that Joshua Duggar admitted to molesting young girl when he was underage in an online poll.
http://t.co/wNEvU6YkGd mazel Tov ! You sick fuck , you finally get your comuppance ,— Sarah G. (@Painkiller31485) May 23, 2015
Joseph Hayon just latest shady wannabe-pol who used Tea Party label 4 legitimacy. Who else is out there helping him? http://t.co/7rYqRfy1QL— Gotham Tea Party (@GothamTeaParty) May 22, 2015
Gotham Tea Party: We don't know this Joseph Hayon, but we'd disavow him & his crew of fakers no matter what http://t.co/7rYqRfy1QL #pervert— Gotham Tea Party (@GothamTeaParty) May 22, 2015
deranged brooklyn tea party founder, joseph hayon, busted for child pornography http://t.co/XzzQ1fkziJ pic.twitter.com/Nq9OfxfaD2— Cee Bee (@CeeBee) May 22, 2015
@RussGallo "Our children are our Future" - from the web page of Joseph Hayon, pedophile. http://t.co/5FPp62Zc1a— Caliginous (@amiterangi) May 24, 2015