|Aug. 19, 2020
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:
I hereby request the following information regarding the call service operation known as "Dial a Model", as well as the investigation of and arrest of call service operator Paul Abrams by the New York City Police Department, between the years of 1975 - 1980: any and all arrest warrant(s), police reports, affidavits, details and lists of all evidence seized, investigative documents, or communications in relation to the investigation and arrest of Paul Abrams.
12/1/1977 New York Times: "3 Arrested in Raid on Alleged Male Prostitution Ring"
Synopsis of Article:
"Law enforcement officials said the homosexual prostitution ring was believed to be the first one broken up by the police in the city.
The raiders arrested 32-year-old Paul Abrams and accused him of heading the operation, called “Dial a Model.”
He was arrested in his apartment at 230 Central Park West on Tuesday night after he allegedly assigned two male prostitutes to a ‘date with an undercover police officer. Sgt. Philip Tambasco of the Manhattan South public morals squad called Mr. Abrams “one of the biggest call boy procurers” in New York and said his ac- tivities had been under surveillance “for some time.” According to Sergeant Tombasco, Officer Small's telephone conversations with Mr. Abrams and his talks with the two prostitutes were recorded. The police said that the two men sent by Mr. Abrams wanted $75 an hour each for performing sexual acts with the Undercover officer. The two, identified as Christian Johnson, 26 years old, of 146 Fifth Avenue and Steve Smith, 22, of the Club Baths, at First Avenue and First Street, were arrested on misdemeanor charges of soiciting for prostitution. After the arrests in the undercover apartment, detectives picked up Mr. Abrams on a charge of promoting prostitution, a felony. Later a search warrant was obtained, and records and photographs of nude men in Mr. Abrams's apartment were confiscated. “We're checking the names and files in his apartment to determine, who Abrams was involved with,” Sergeant Tambasco said. “There are at least 400 names to go through.” Police officials said many of the photographs found in the apartment appeared to be of boys and young teenagers."
Link to New York Senate Select Committee on Crime Hearing in 1982. Details how detective Dale Smith, who worked as an investigator for the New York Senate Select Committee on Crime, helped the New York City Police Department in their arrest of juvenile call service operator Dale Smith between 1977-1978. (Pages 44 - 46):
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