“Digital” child abuser York sentenced to five years

POSTED: 01/12/15 10:30 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Emanuel York yesterday to 5 years of imprisonment for raping two boys, aged 15 and 17. The sentence is one year below the demand by prosecutor Maarten Noordzij at the trial on December 17 of last year.

York posed as a basketball coach on Facebook and lured his victims with promises of a place on a team that would make a trip to the United States. He met the boys in isolated places like Bishop Hill and the hill behind the Vineyard Building for so-called private fitness tests.

These meetings however turned into brutal tape-sessions. York raped his first victim, the 17-year old, numerous times between August 1, 2013 and February 11, 2014. Not only did he promise this boy a place on the basketball team, he also said that he would make sure he obtained a Dutch passport and a job at the Coast Guard.

When the boy objected to the sexual interaction, the now 49-year-old York threatened to publish gay chats on Facebook and hinted at consequences his brother, a policeman, had in store for him if he ever talked about their encounters.

When the encounters finally came to an end in February of last, year, York went looking for his next victim. He lured the 15-year-old boy on April 2 to Bishop Hill with basically the same promise of a place on his) nonexistent) basketball team for a (non-existent) trip to the United States.

In the meantime, the 17-year-old had finally gone to the police and told his gruesome story to his parents. On February 13 of last year, he spotted York driving past his home in his truck. His brother engaged York in a conversation, whereby the defendant allegedly said, “This is my life style. I do what I have to do,” and “I see nothing wrong with being gay.”

The court considered that York had “blackmailed and terrorized” his 17-year-old victim by creating “a lengthy threatening and intimidating situation” whereby the boy could not feel free to refuse the defendant his actions. “The defendant wrapped the boy in promises on points that were important to him,” the court ruling states.

The court held it furthermore against York that the 17-year-old school performance had deteriorated as a result of the sexual abuse. “The victim was unable to detach himself from the defendant, until the impact of the rapes became too much. Shortly after the grooming-relationship with this victim ended, the defendant went looking for his next prey, with the same modus operandi via Facebook.”

The court labeled York as “a digital child abuser” who used social media to bring victims within his reach before seriously abusing them.”

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