Westchester Legislature chair calls for FBI probe into allegations staffer solicited a minor
Westchester County Legislator Chair Catherine Borgia is calling on the FBI to look into allegations that a county government aide solicited sex from who he thought was a 14-year-old, according to a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
"Allegations surrounding Mr. Singh's soliciting an underage girl became apparent when a video surfaced on YouTube that shows Mr. Singh contacted what he believed was an underage girl," wrote Borgia in the letter to the U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday.
OBL Global, a group that produces videos it says exposes child predators, was behind this video and set up the sting operation, including using a decoy underage girl.
The 31-minute video posted to YouTube on April 12 appears to show former county government aide Anand Singh, who was named in Borgia's letter as the staffer in question, sending lewd texts and pictures to the decoy. It also shows Singh driving from New York to New Jersey to meet the decoy and the creator of the video confronting Singh.
"When it was brought to my attention that the Board received the first email about the employee’s actions, I immediately referred it to the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. As a mother of daughters, I took this matter very seriously. At the time, Public Safety was unable to substantiate the claim that a video existed. While the video investigation was occurring, the employee was removed from public-facing duties. When the April 13 video was released, I immediately terminated the employee-that day," said Borgia in a pre-taped video statement sent out Tuesday evening.
The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on the matter, but the Westchester District Attorney's Office is aware of the allegations.
"The District Attorney became aware on Friday, April 14, 2023, of an allegation of criminal conduct involving a Westchester County Board of Legislators employee and immediately began looking into the matter. There will be no further comment at this time," wrote a spokesperson for Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah.
Questions swirling about just how long lawmakers knew about the allegations against Singh.
Borgia said she immediately referred the allegations to the Westchester County Department of Public Safety once she was made aware of them but did not give a date.
According to Borgia, Singh was fired last Thursday night after the video was released on Wednesday, April 12.
County Legislator James Nolan released a statement saying he was made aware of the situation last Thursday night after the staffer was fired.
County Legislature Majority Leader Christopher Johnson said, "I became aware of these allegations only 30 minutes before the staffer in question was terminated from employment."
The board met on Monday night, but the incident was not brought up.
The board meets next on May 1 at 7 p.m.