DeBlasio Staff Member Arrested for Child Pornography
NEW YORK – A leading young Democrat and deBlasio administration employee has a secret taste for sickening child pornography that involves baby girls as young as 6 months old, court papers revealed Friday.
Jacob Schwartz, 29, was arrested for reportedly keeping more than 3,000 vulgar images and 89 videos on a laptop after downloading them from the internet, reported the New York Post.
The illegal collection shows “young nude females between the approximate ages of 6 months and 16, engaging in sexual conduct… on an adult male,” court papers say.
Schwartz’s father — labor lawyer and Democratic insider Arthur Schwartz — called his son’s case “a personal tragedy.”
“I understand these are serious charges,” said the elder Schwartz, who watched his son get arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday night.
“He’s already in therapy for this.”
Jacob Schwartz surrendered to NYPD computer-crimes investigators in Manhattan’s 13th Precinct on Thursday morning, according to sources for the Times.
The deBlasio staff member had been under investigation since March 29, when he handed over his laptop and gave police written permission to search it, court papers revealed.
Although Schwartz is the president of the Manhattan Young Democrats, his name and photo were removed from their website after news of his arrest became public. He is the downstate region vice president of the New York State Young Democrats, and he incurred the same fate on their website.
A statement from the Manhattan Young Democrats said the organization was “shocked” by the allegations against Schwartz, and added that he was “no longer a member of the board, and an interim president is now in place.”
A photo posted last year on Twitter shows him posing with Robby Mook, then the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Schwartz is employed as a computer programmer analyst in the city Department of Design and Construction. He has held this position since 2015.
Mayor deBlasio ignored questions about the arrest following a news conference in the Bronx. However, a spokeswoman later said Schwartz “is being terminated immediately, and the agency is cooperating with investigators.”
Schwartz was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child under 16, both felonies, and released on $7,500 bail.