Crime Watch

Former Elmont horse trainer sentenced to 30 years of prison for sexual abuse


Former racehorse trainer Daniel Mullan, 83, of Elmont was sentenced to 30 years at a federal court in Central Islip on May 15 for sexual exploitation and abuse of children, as well as possession of child pornography.

According to a new release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York, Mullan sexually exploited a child between 1999 and 2006 as part of his ongoing sexual abuse of children and production of child pornography.

Mullan was also convicted of possessing large quantities of children pornography between 2014 and 2017, of which he produced over decades.

After additional investigation, the FBI reported numerous victims, including a minor who Mullan travelled with domestically and internationally for seven years. The convict recorded his sexual abuse of this victim.

The FBI and Suffolk County Police Department executed search warrants on Mullan’s Elmont home and a storage unit Mullan rented in Melville where they found hundreds of images and videos of child sexual abuse.

Several of the videos dating back to the early 1980s showed Mullan engaged in sexual acts with minor teenage boys.

Another search warrant on a safe deposit box recovered over $300,000 in cash that Mullan intended to use as “hush money” for one of his victims.  

Mullan was extradited to the United States from Ireland on August 15, 2019.

“Today’s sentence is a just punishment for the defendant’s years of heinous acts against minors, and sends a message to all who seek to harm innocent children,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace in a statement. “This Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to make every effort to ensure that those who contribute to the exploitation and victimization of children will be brought to justice.”