A self-described “non-binary queer” artist has been arrested for trying to organise sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy, who he hoped would be drugged at the time.
35-year-old Efrem Zelony-Mindell could face life in prison. He came on the police radar after messaging an undercover agent who he believed was the father of a nine-year-old boy.
The description of the content of the child pornography is deeply distressing and disturbing.
In the messages, prosecutors wrote that Mindell attempted to arrange to meet the boy, making it clear, 'in graphic and unambiguous terms, his desire to engage in sexual activity with minor children.' The suspect was also under the pretense the child would be drugged ahead of the encounter.
The federal prosecutor said Zelony-Mindell contacted the undercover agent, who was working for the FBI, believing he was the father of the young boy. They allegedly tried to arrange to have anal intercourse with the child through his father.
On Friday, on a street corner in Manhattan, Zelony-Mindell met up with the undercover agent, Williams said, with the expectation that he would take them to meet the young boy and sexually assault him while he was partially drugged.
Instead, federal agents overseeing the sting arrested Zelony-Mindell, who they subsequently charged with possessing and distributing child porn based on images and videos that were sent to the agent during their digital correspondence.
Binary spokeswoman Kirralie Smith said the account was horrific.
“Gender ideology fosters queer sexual identities and behaviours,” she said.
“It is one thing for adults to engage in sexual queerness with full consent, it is cruel and unacceptable for sexually queer people to then target children.
“These perverted and twisted individuals must face the full consequences of their horrendous crimes.”
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