Philip N. Wald was arrested by police while he was on the telephone. He is accused of calling children and telling them that if they didn't undress and touch themselves, he would break in and rape and/or kill them. So far he did not act this.
He is accused of calling more than 50 kids in Westchester County, NY and escaped detection by using a pre-paid calling card to mask his true phone number. He may have victimized thousands of kids nationwide from his Brooklyn home.
He is now in Westchester County jail with no bail as he awaits trial on charges of first degree coercion. Prosecutors hope more kids will stand forward and recall similar incidents. He is said to have focused on pre-teen and teenaged girls.