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Camp Counselor Sentenced To 25 Years For Molesting Boy

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A man who worked for years as a camp counselor for young boys is heading to prison for 25 years for sexually abusing a child and taking graphic photos of others.

David Greenberg, a 37-year-old former counselor at Camp Kenwal in Long Island, New York, received his sentence on Oct. 17 after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual performance by a child on Aug. 31, reports Patch. Two of Greenberg's victims were Kenwal campers under the age of 16.

This is not Greenberg's first conviction. During the trial, he was serving a 35-year sentence in South Carolina for crimes related to child porn, and the southern prison had to transport him to Suffolk County in order for him to attend his trial.

One of the victims, who came forward and shared his story at Greenberg's trial, said that the former Kenwal employee molested him while he was between the ages of 6 and 12, according to WCBS.

"This is something that will be a part of his life forever," said the boy's mother during the sentencing trial.

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Prosecutors called the boy a hero for speaking out against the longtime family friend, whose mother was best friends with the victim's mother.

"Never in a million years would I have thought this monster was in him," said the boy's mother.

Greenberg may have sexually abused a number of other victims, prosecutors said.

Greenberg joins at least two other former counselors from Camp Kenwal who were charged with sexually abusing children at the camp, notes Patch.

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On Aug. 31, former camp employee Keith Meyn received a 15-year sentence for using a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony, and he reportedly also possessed a sizeable collection of child porn. According to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, Meyn involved a 9-year-old boy, who did not attend the day camp, in his sexual performances in 2013.

"[Meyn] participated in disturbing photography and videography featuring young boys," Spota said after Meyn's arrest, notes Patch.

Meyn worked at the camp for roughly 10 years as a group leader, camp counselor and the director of maintenance activities. His illegal activities with children spanned over a decade.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Jay Marcello, who worked for the camp for seven years, was arrested in April and charged with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of third-degree sex abuse, and one count of first-degree disseminating indecent material to minors after he allegedly groped 14-year-old campers and spoke inappropriately to a number of other campers in the summer of 2016.

Sources: WCBS, Patch (2, 3) / Featured Image: Denali National Park and Preserve/Flickr / Embedded Images: SCDA via Patch, Daily Mail

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