COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say a 74-year-old man was arrested for trying to have sex with two young boys in Colonie.
Reardon allegedly messaged an undercover investigator of the Colonie Police Department on an unidentified website thinking the investigator was a 14-year-old boy.
“For about the last two weeks, this individual did indicate he wanted to meet with our undercover officer believing he was a 14-year-old boy,” Lt. Bob Winn with the Colonie Police Department said.
“During that conversation, he also asked if he had any other younger friends or relatives that he could bring along, and our undercover indicated that he did have an 11-year-old brother that he would bring,” Lt. Winn said.
A meeting was scheduled for Sunday in the lot of the Peter Harris Plaza on Troy Schenectady Road. Police said Reardon traveled from North Adams to the plaza, and he was arrested by officers around 1 p.m. without incident.
“There was a bunch of undercover cops just swarming this guy,” Play Again Sports assistant manager Connor O’Flaherty said.
O’Flaherty watched the arrest unfold. He said he was relieved police caught Reardon.
“Definitely alarming, especially for us at Play Again Sports,” he said. “There’s kids coming here all the time with their families.”
A search warrant was executed on his vehicle and residence. Inside his minivan, police found several pieces of evidence, including a cell phone and a laptop. Police are investigating the evidence they collected from Reardon’s home and vehicle.
Reardon was charged with Attempted Dissemination of Indecent Material to a Minor in the First Degree, a felony.
Officials’ main concern is there could be more real victims.
“He did indicate in our conversations with him that he did travel throughout Massachusetts, Eastern New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, so there is a possibility that there are other victims out there,” Lt. Winn said.
Anyone who may be a victim or has information is urged to contact the Colonie police at (518) 783-2744.
Reardon was arraigned in Colonie Justice Court on Sunday and was remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.
He is scheduled to reappear in court on Monday at 6 p.m.