SENTENCING FROM ‘MISS AMERICA’ STING
The North Shore Sun
Miss America Lauren Nelson, 20, joined forces with the Suffolk County Police and America's MostWanted for a televised sting to nab online sex predators. She also plans to testify against thealleged cybercreeps she helped bust. Those arrested are: Robert D. Accomando, 20, of West Islip;Lawrence Carulli, 48, of Brown Mills, New Jersey; Steven M. Holland, 21, of Coram; Gary Kerpen, 26,of Huntington; Thomas H. O'Brien, 27, of Freeport; Kenneth L. Quimby, 35, of Wading River; VictorSarrocco, 49, of Fresh Meadows; Ronald D. Stahl, 43, of Holbrook; Steven M. Veroxie, 24, ofBethpage; Michael Wasserman, 57, of Douglaston and Nicolas J. Yodice, 23, of Bellmore.
Robert Accomando cringed and hid his face on May 14, 2007, as he entered a Riverhead courtroomwhere he pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor.He was released on $10,000 cash bail. Accomando suffers from neurofibromatosis, a physical disorderthat causes him to have the mental capacity of a child. Learning disabilities and mentalretardation are among the symptoms of the illness. Accomando's attorney said his client had no ideawhat he was doing.
Lawrence Carulli, now 49 years old, abruptly ended his trial on March 13, 2008, and pleadedguilty in Suffolk County Court. Carulli pleaded guilty to attempted dissemination of indecentmaterial to a minor, a felony. He is to be sentenced to 5 years' probation on May 13 and will haveto register as a sex offender.
Steven M. Holland, now 22, was sentenced on April 10, 2008, to five years of probation forengaging in sexually explicit online chatting.