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Long Island escort’s mother says her son is a sex offender

NEW YORK — The mother of a Long Island sex offender who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a motel room says her child is a victim of the “war on children.”

Mary Lou Kavanagh told The Associated Press on Friday that her son, Jeffrey Kavanagian, is the subject of a federal investigation for allegedly soliciting sex from a young girl, but that he’s innocent.

“I don’t think the public has any idea about what’s going on here,” Kavanaugh said.

“I think the government is afraid to tell anybody.”

Jeffrey Kavanagan is the former owner of a motel in Long Island, New York.

He was arrested last week and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and two counts each of engaging in a sexual act with a person under 14 and possessing child pornography.

His lawyer declined to comment.

According to court documents, the victim told authorities she met Kavangan while he was in the motel room.

The victim said she told him she was 13 and he said he was 14 and that she could make him do anything she wanted, according to court papers.

Kavanagan allegedly approached the victim, then pushed her into a bedroom and raped her, according the documents.

The document said the girl told authorities Kavanagin offered to buy her alcohol and then gave her a gun.

She said she did not resist and Kavanghan forced her to have sex with him in a bathroom, court papers said.

The victim’s mother, Susan Kavanan, said her son’s behavior toward the girl was “horrible.”

“The way he treats her is horrific,” Kovanagh said.