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Dean Picariello, a Montrose DJ, faces new charges of sex with teen girls

Dean Picariello of Montrose has been charged with a number of crimes, including the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Newburgh. (April 24, 2013)

A Montrose disc jockey, already jailed because authorities allege he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in Westchester County, has been charged with a similar crime in Orange County, police said.

Dean Picariello, 22, was charged Tuesday with having sex with a 14-year-old Town of Newburgh girl on Jan. 22, State Police Senior Investigator Neil Moscato said Wednesday.

Picariello befriended the girl, then took her from her home and brought her to his temporary residence in a motor home at a Town of Newburgh department store parking lot for sex, police said.

The new complaint charges him with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies; and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor.

He had already been charged Dec. 14 with third-degree rape, endangering the welfare of a child and distributing indecent material in the Westchester case.

In that incident, Picariello had sex with and sent sex texts to a 16-year-old girl at his trailer in Croton Point Park, Moscato said.

Police aren't sure how Picariello met the two girls, but are looking at the possibility his DJ business may have played a role, according to Moscato.

Picariello worked locally under the name DJ Dino Mack. He formerly had a DJ website and social media accounts listing gigs throughout the Hudson Valley area, from Westchester County to Orange County, and advertised his services as "fun for all ages," including events like Sweet 16 parties.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that there may be more inappropriate relationships in Picariello's past.

"He has access to a lot of underage children that may have fallen victim to his antics," Moscato said.

After the December arrest, Picariello posted $5,000 bail and was free pending a court appearance in Cortlandt on Feb. 11, giving him the opportunity to commit the Newburgh crime, Moscato said. On the date of his court appearance, he didn't show up, according to Moscato.

Following up on a lead, detectives from the county's Warrant-Fugitive Unit checked up on a Sunset Avenue home in Montrose on Feb. 13, where they found Picariello hiding in the basement.

Picariello was sent to Westchester County Jail without the option of posting bail.

After a lengthy investigation into the second rape allegations, Picariello was arraigned on the new charges Tuesday before Newburgh Town Justice Richard Clarino. Bail in that case was set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond, but he was returned to the Westchester County Jail, where he continues to be held without bail in the earlier case. He returns to Newburgh Town Court on May 7.

He is to appear again in Cortlandt Town Court on May 5 in the Westchester case, a spokesman at the Westchester district attorney's office said Wednesday.

"It's disturbing that someone out on bail on a charge of raping an underage girl may have gone and done the same thing again," Moscato said.

A message left for Picariello's attorney, Colleen Foley, was not immediately returned Wednesday.

State Police are asking anyone with information on Picariello to call investigators at 845-457-1388.

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