The New York Times ran a story yesterday profiling a man who walks around Central Park hugging children while dressed as Elmo — and whose antisemitic rant outside the Central Park Zoo was caught on tape earlier this week.
For whatever reason, the Times made a (poor) attempt to protect the man’s true identity, referring to him in the article by his “legal name,” “Adam Sandler.”
Well, we’ve discovered that his real name is actually Dan Sandler — and he’s a bit on the perv-y side.
Sandler, as the Times points out (without giving his true identity), was arrested in Cambodia in 1999 after police caught wind of a website he was running called “Welcome to the Rape Camp.”
We looked into the website — pretty sick stuff.
The following is from a study done by the University of Rhode Island on sexual exploitation and the Internet in Cambodia. It was published in the Journal of Sexual Aggression in 2000:
In October 1999, an American living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia announced
that he was adding a live bondage sex show to his Internet site
(Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 14 October 1999). His pornography web site,
“Rape Camp,” featured “Asian sex slaves” who were used for “bondage,
discipline and humiliation.” The women on the web site were blindfolded,
gagged and/or bound with ropes while being used in sex acts; some had
clothespins clipped to their breasts (Xinhua News Agency, 8 November
1999). Viewers were encouraged to “humiliate these Asian sex slaves to
your hearts content” (Welcome to the Rape Camp, March 2000). Expanded
service was to feature live interactive Internet transmission of bondage
sex shows from Cambodia with pay-per-view access in which customers
could relay requests for torture that would be fulfilled within seconds
(Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 14 October 1999). The fees were US$15 for 10
minutes, US$40 for 30 minutes, and US$75 for 60 minutes (Fees to see
Asian bondage, March 2000).
The pornographer justified his venture in sexualized torture by
saying, “I wanted a niche that I knew would sell” (AP World News, 22
October 1999). He explained, “There is a big market in the U.S. for
Asian women. … And when I start making money, I’ll pay 10 percent in
taxes. If I’m successful, I could get a lot of other guys doing it and
get a lot of tax revenue” (Associated Press, 14 October 1999). He told
the English-language newspaper Cambodia Daily that women were the
“biggest asset to export to the U.S.” (Agence France Presse, 7 November
1999). His web site also promoted prostitution tourism to men visiting
Sandler writes off his Cambodian arrest as a “sex scandal.”
But wait, there’s more…
After getting deported back to the United States, Sandler got a job
with the Girl Scouts. However, he lost that job (thank god) and turned
to dressing up as Elmo and soliciting tips from tourists in Central
So, there you have it: the “Elmo” you let hug your kids in Central
Park is actually “Welcome to Rape Camp” founder Dan Sandler — and the
New York Times is protecting his identity.