NYACK – An 18-year-old Nyack man, who serves as a volunteer wrestling coach, has been arrested on charges that he used social media outlets to lure a juvenile male into criminal sex acts, according to Clarkstown police.
Police said Marcus Stroud of Nyack was arrested on Monday after the parents of the victim reported the incident. The investigation, police said, revealed that Stroud had become acquainted with the victim through a wrestling program.
Stroud, according to police, has been involved in wrestling programs in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties serving as a volunteer coach. The initial social media contact began in December 2015, police said.
Members of the Clarkstown police Juvenile Aid Bureau, who did not reveal the exact age of the victim because of the ongoing investigation, have concerns there may be other victims.
“We ask that parents who have children in programs involving the suspect engage in dialogue with their children to ensure that they have not fallen victim to this kind of crime,” a Clarkstown police spokesman said. “If you have additional information about this case or are aware of a possible victim please call the Clarkstown Juvenile Aid Bureau at 845-639-5835, the Tips Line at 1-877-639-6233 or your local police department.”
Police charge that Stroud lured the victim to engage in sexual acts through the use of Snap Chat and other social media outlets. He was charged with second-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, second-degree sex abuse, misdemeanor, sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
Stroud was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court in New City and he was ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $100,000 bail pending a hearing this week.
Originally published by Nyack Free Press