Bethlehem police have arrested a Delmar volunteer rescue worker after receiving a call about a Craigslist posting on the Internet soliciting encounters with young boys.
Daniel P. Heeren, 24, of Carstead Drive, Slingerlands, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 6, after police responded to an online ad and made arrangements to meet with him for the purpose of having a sexual encounter during an investigation into the matter.
Bethlehem police issued a release stating that "once Heeren arrived at the meeting place, he was immediately taken into custody."
Police have charged Heeren with second-degree attempted rape, first-degree attempted disseminating indecent materials to minors " both felonies " and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
Lieutenant Thomas Heffernan said the Bethlehem Police Department handled the investigation and a computer seized from Heeren's home was sent to the State Police to search for further evidence.
"One of the detectives responded to the ad and engaged in a conversation with him," Heffernan said. "He wanted to meet with who he thought was a young teenaged boy."
Heffernan said his detectives have special training to handle these types of crimes and that although it is not something Bethlehem sees a lot of, "We have our fair share of this."
He was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail, according to police, and he is scheduled to be back in town court on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m.
Bethlehem police are asking for anyone with information about Heeren's activities to come forward immediately.
"Due to Heeren's affiliation with the Delmar Fire Department/Delmar Rescue Squad and being a student at the Albany Medical College, anyone with additional information on Heeren is asked to contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 439-9973," the release states.
"From what we understand he was a very active member of the Delmar Fire Department and rescue squad," Heffernan said. "We just wanted to reach out to see if there was any additional information or other victims out there."