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Ex-Elmont Racehorse Trainer Produced, Appeared In Child Porn For Decades, Authorities Say

An 80-year-old former racehorse trainer on Long Island produced and appeared in child pornography for more than 30 years, authorities say.
An 80-year-old former racehorse trainer on Long Island produced and appeared in child pornography for more than 30 years, authorities say. Photo Credit: Pixabay

An 80-year-old former racehorse trainer on Long Island produced and appeared in child pornography for more than 30 years, authorities say.

Daniel Mullan is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Central Islip on Friday afternoon, Aug. 16 before United States Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson on an indictment charging him with sexual exploitation of a child, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and possession of child pornography. 

Mullan was extradited to the United States from Ireland on Aug. 15. He has dual US-Irish citizenship.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), announced the extradition and charges.

“As alleged, Daniel Mullan victimized children here and abroad for decades by sexually abusing them and recording these acts,” stated Donoghue. “The protection of children is a priority of this Office and the Department of Justice. Those who exploit and victimize children will be identified and brought to justice.” 

According to court filings, in the summer of 2017, the FBI executed search warrants at Mullan’s residence in Elmont and his rental storage unit in Melville, and seized hundreds of images and videos of child pornography. 

Several videos depicted Mullan engaged in sexual acts with teenage boys dating back to the early 1980s. 

Numerous victims were then identified, including a male juvenile with whom Mullan traveled in the United States and abroad between 1999 and 2006 for the purpose of engaging in sex and recording it for himself and to sell to others.

“For years, Daniel Mullan preyed on children robbing them of their innocence and he will now have to answer for his horrifying crimes,” stated Hart. 

Anyone who may have been a victim of Mullan is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

"We believe there are other children who were victimized and we would like to hear from them," Sweeney said.

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