Charged with sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy at a Smithfield Township summer camp, a former camp counselor waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Marshalls Creek Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano.
Chisdai Ben-porat, 19, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, will head to Monroe County Court, where he can go to trial, plead guilty or plead no contest. Since being charged July 12, two days after the alleged incident, Ben-porat has been taken into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody due to an issue with his student visa, Germano said.
State police said they responded at 4:38 p.m. July 11 to Camp Dora Golding on Craigs Meadow Road and spoke to camp Director Alex Gold. Police said Gold reported a 12-year-old male camper came to his office and wanted to call his mother because a camp counselor later identified as Ben-porat had touched him.
Police said Ben-porat told them the following:
He had been camp counselor on duty the night before, ensuring the campers were in their cabins by curfew. He entered the boy's cabin while the boy was still up and most of the other children were asleep.
He went to the top bunk bed, where the boy was, massaged the boy's shoulders, then "took it too far" by massaging the boy's bare buttocks.
Police said the boy told them the following:
He was playing his Nintendo DS gaming system when Ben-porat entered the cabin. He was uncomfortable, but too scared to say anything when Ben-porat approached and began rubbing the boy's shoulders.
Ben-porat then moved his hands down the boy's lower back and began rubbing his bare buttocks. The boy pretended to lose his gaming system and began looking around the cabin for it. At that point, another counselor entered the cabin and the defendant left.
By Andrew Scott - poconorecord