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Suffolk DA: ‘Predator’ had ‘massive collection’ of child porn

Keith Meyn, 34, of Oakdale, pleaded not guilty

Keith Meyn, 34, of Oakdale, pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, to a 112-count indictment charging him with sex offenses including child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Photo Credit: SCDA

An Oakdale man who once worked at a Melville day camp has been charged with 112 counts of sex crimes, including using a boy in sexual performances and having a “massive collection” of child pornography, officials said.

Keith Meyn, 34, who also was “previously associated” with a film company and two modeling agencies, could have taken part in these crimes for more than a decade, District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement Wednesday.

“We believe there are more victims of this predator out there, and we are asking them to come forward, even if the crimes happened years ago,” Spota said. “In some cases, depending on the facts, a prosecution may still be possible, and all of the information we can gather will be helpful to the investigation.”

In a statement Wednesday night to News 12 Long Island, the camp where Meyn once worked, Camp Kenwal, said it “had no reason to suspect he was involved in such activity while he was employed at camp.”

The camp has “contacted all our camp families and will continue to keep our families up to date, cooperate with the authorities and work in the best interest of our campers.”

Meyn, who could face a prison term as long as 50 years, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of three counts of first-degree sexual abuse; three counts of first-degree criminal sex act; three counts of use of a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony; three counts of child endangerment; and 100 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, prosecutors said.

The indictment charged Meyn “used an 11-year-old boy in sexual performances and also possessed a massive collection of child pornography featuring young boys less than 16 years of age.”

“The defendant participated in disturbing photography and videography featuring young boys,” Spota said.

Meyn is “believed” to have worked at the camp as a group leader, camp counselor, and most recently as director of maintenance operations, prosecutors said.

In its statement the camp did not provide a time period for Meyn’s employment or detail his role at the camp.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn today that a former employee was arrested on charges related to sexual abuse and child pornography,” the statement said. “We had no reason to suspect he was involved in such activity while he was employed at camp, and at this time the authorities have not given us any reason to believe that this arrest is related to his employment at Kenwal. . . . Our first priority has always been, and will always be, the safety and well-being of our children and their families.”

Spota said Meyn was “previously associated” with New York City-based PsychWard Films. The firm’s website says Meyn founded it in 2012. A film company spokesman was not immediately available.

Acting Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn set a cash bail of $250,000 or a $500,000 bond.

In an email statement, David Geller, Meyn’s Legal Aid attorney, said: “We are in the process of obtaining discovery and conferencing with the assigned assistant on this matter.”

Victims and anyone who might help the investigation should call the Suffolk County police computer crimes unit at 631-852-6279. All calls will be kept confidential.

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