UNITED STATES – CIRCA 2000: the Famed private investigator Vincent Parco in his Second Ave. office. (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Former reality TV private investigator Vincent Parco was in a New York courtroom on Monday facing charges that he hatched a plan to scare a sexual-assault victim from taking the stand against his client, who is now convicted pedophile.
Parco was charged with unlawful surveillance, promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness.
The “Parco P. I.” star his client Samuel Israel, 45, and ex-partner Tanya Freudenthaler, are accused of trying to make the sound of the woman not to cooperate in the prosecution of Israel by blackmailing her family.
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Israel, who pleaded guilty to charges of criminal sexual act and witness tampering, was sentenced in October to 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old family member for 6 years. During his trial, he also confessed the hiring of Parco, the 69-year-old mustachioed Right-screen TV and a private eye, to terrorize the woman so she would not testify against him.
Israel said that he paid Parco $17,000 to set up, and the inclusion of a family member of the victim with prostitutes.
Prosecutors say Parco, and Freudenthaler lured in by a member of the family of the victim to a hotel in Sunset Park, on Dec. 17, 2016, where she and Parco had installed video-recording equipment. They also hired a prostitute and that she tried to take have sex with the family, but the equipment does not function properly. Two days later, Freudenthaler another meeting – this time with two prostitutes. The family member was secretly recorded with both women.
Prosecutors say on January 17, 2017, the member of the family that is included in the hotel was “approached by a stranger wearing a scarf, who showed him a mobile phone video of the hotel meeting and said,” Be smart. Stop making the problems.'”
Instead of backing down, the family member reported the incident to the district attorney’s office.
As this was playing, Israel ‘ s lawsuit is progressing and a trial date was set for June 26, 2017.
“On June 22, 2017, an unknown approached another member of the family of the victim, and showed that the person had a cell phone with video of the hotel,” prosecutors said.
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After a third person contacted the family and allegedly “offered to act as mediator,” and said that he would get the damaging video of Israel, to destroy it, and “obtain a declaration of the admission of Israel to his crimes as ‘insurance’ in the event that the video is released”, but warned the family not to go to the police.
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The family almost immediately reported the incident to the authorities.
The District Attorney’s office issued search warrant, and the steamy video was found on Parco the computer.