Hawthorne Man Arrested Following Chat Room Sex Sting

The following is from the Westchester District Attorney's Office. It does not indicate a conviction.

Update, April 9: The Journal News is reporting Sayers is on paid administrative leave from Haldane High School.


A 43-year-old Haldane High School social studies teacher has been arrested and charged with Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors, a Class E Felony.

According to a statement from the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, Joseph Sayers, of Hawthorne, "discussed specific sexual acts in which he would like to engage" with an undercover investigator posing as a 15-year-old female.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore alleges Sayers engaged in conversations with the investigator in online chat rooms between March 15 and today.

"The undercover made it clear to defendant that 'she' was a 15-year-old girl," according to the statement.

Sayers was arrested today and arraigned in White Plains City Court. His bail was set at $20,000 cash or bond. He is due back in court on April 17.

Julia Ferretti April 04, 2012 at 12:38 AM
the undercover probably led him on , its only human nature to be attracted to youthful looking girls . at least he didn't touch her and he warned her before turning words into actions .
McKey Rivers April 04, 2012 at 03:51 AM
When on the Internet, it's good to keep in mind Rockwell's sage advice: I'm just an average man With an average life I work from 9 to 5 Hey well I pay the price All I want is to be left alone In my average home But why do I always feel I'm in the twilight zone and I always feel like Somebody's watchin' me And I have no privacy Oh, I always feel like Somebody's watching me Tell me is it just a dream
Beth April 04, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Seriously???? God I hope you do not have a daughter.
Bob Ogden April 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
That's exactly the statement that a pedophile would make.
Frank J April 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
What is wrong with you people? Complaining of privacy and stating that "the investigator probably led him on". Pedophiles are the lowest form of human being imaginable. If you want to keep your privacy don't seek out children for sex. These people need to be locked up for the rest of their lives. No excuses, no exceptions. I support whatever measures DiFiore needs to take to rid the community of this scum. Good work Counselor, Keep it up!
McKey Rivers April 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
To be clear, I wholeheartedly agree that the conduct ascribed to Mr. Sayers is horrible and if he did the actions stated, Mr. Sayers deserves the fullest punishment allowed by law. My reference to Rockwell was an attempt to point out that there is no privacy on the internet, which makes me wonder what goes on in the minds of an individual who would seek sex with an underage person via the internet. I believe that everyone should be aware that no data placed on a computer or the internet is private, including any financial data that you may be lead to believe is private.
teri April 05, 2012 at 12:24 PM
You're all nuts! He is a teacher!!!!!!! We send our children to school every day and think they are safe there! Do you really think this is his first time he tried to get with a child? Probably not! This is just the first time he got caught.
Linda Paonessa O'Brien April 06, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Clearly you are a little twisted in your logic!!!! And as Beth stated..probably do not have a daughter (or a son!!!!) Haldane is a great school...but, in the past there was an incident to the like...... No school is safe anymore, and probably wasn't back in the old days either. We respected our teachers and adults in general. So I am sure that there were abusive situations...that just went unnoticed or ignored!...it is up to the parents to monitor their children...I realize that it is hard when they are in school all day, however, we as parents... must know our children....and their personalities...good, bad or indifferent. Not always an easy task. And, the same for the friends they friend! To sad. And will def affect this child down the road in life!
Linda Paonessa O'Brien April 06, 2012 at 10:20 PM
correction......not the undercover!....but the potential others we know not of!
Nadine April 08, 2012 at 10:27 PM
karen April 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
julia feretti your crazy okay get help dial 911 quick....people remember her name and keep your kids away from her world of CRAZY.... ps: Haldane community you may all think the owner of Whistling Willies put out the level 2 sex offender living in the apt above like he said over a year ago, WRONG check the website JAMES MOORE still shows as registered to that address DONT KEEP supporting a business that harbors freaks OH AND OBVIOUSLY THE OWNER KNOWS google the past articles.. BOYCOTT WHISTLING WILLIES UNTILL HES GONE. lets not forget he is within a mile of many childrens nursery daycares and the school it self and a walking school district to boot. I know shhhh thats cold spring and the school admin loves SHHHHH......just read the haldane website and dr. villanti comments come on reallywhere did ur degree come from..
Daniel Connolly April 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Grew up with Joe. Hope to hell it's not true.


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