|DA JOE HYNES|
|DA THOMAS ZUGABE|
Hudson Valley's News 12 released this video Thursday evening about the slap-on-the-wrist six year probation sentence given to Herschel Taubenfeld, who pleaded guilty to 30 misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree sex abuse.In an exclusive TV News 12 Special Report by Tara Rosenblum, Yossi tells how he was sexually abused by Rabbi Herschel Taubenfeld, a teacher in New York's Rockland County Hasidic community of New Square (home of the Skver sect).
This is not an isolated incident, but rather a pattern where Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe is agreeing to and the judges are granting no-jail-time probation "sentences" to child molesters, among them Shmuel Dym and Moishe Turner. (Turner was recently found davening in a Wesley Hill shul until he was banished by people who read about his sex-offender status in our recent emails on the child safety matter.)
There are those who will tell you that these probation "sentences" rehabilitate the predators by frightening them into controlling their evil impulses. I beg to differ. I think they only embolden them as this sends a horrible message that they will never be punished for their heinous crimes.
If you think differently, just have a look at how Turner and Dym, who are both registered sex offenders, (see Turner and Dym in the NYS Sex Offender Registry) responded to their good fortune of avoiding long prison sentences:
· As incredible as it sounds, Turner BLAMED HIS VICTIM for the abuse according to remarks by Rockland County Supreme Court Judge William Kelly. And this happened while the eyes of the media and the criminal justice system were on him!! Can you imagine the contempt for the law Turner has now that the attention is off him??
· Shmuel Dym violated EIGHT conditions of his probationary sentence and was returned to jail. Again, this took place while he was in the process of appealing his own guilty plea.
My dear friends, your children are not safe and will never be safe as long as these miscarriages of justice continue and as long as these monsters who ravage our innocent children are permitted to walk our streets without fear of prosecution and real jail time.
Those of us who work with and do our best to comfort the abuse victims in our community cannot reverse this trend by ourselves.
Sorry to be blunt, but if you want your kids to be able to walk the streets without being abducted and attend shul without being molested, you will need to stand up and be heard.
If you want positive change to occur, take the time to write a respectful email to the DA's office at firstname.lastname@example.org, to Steve Lieberman who covers the local beat for The Journal News at email@example.com, and file a Citizen Service Request with The Ramapo Police.
Respectfully convey your wishes that those who destroy the lives of our children should be arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to the fullest extent of the law. From the many conversations I have had with law enforcement officials locally and nationally, many or most of them are under the impression that we want to "handle these matters internally." And we have all painfully seen how effective that has been.
Law enforcement officials are human beings just like the rest of us. They get frustrated beyond words when they arrest predators who richly deserve long prison sentences and then watch as political pressure is applied and their dedicated efforts are washed away. After this happens a few times, they just throw up their hands.
As a high-ranking police officer once told me years ago, we can't care more about your kids than you do."
My dear friends, let's start caring more about the kids and less about the monsters who ruin their lives.
LET US STAND UP FOR OUR CHILDREN
Video: Brooklyn D.A. Takes Back Statement In Support Of Haredi Child Sex Abuse Victims
BY FAILED MESSIAH
Brooklyn D.A. Charles J. Hynes went to visit haredi rabbinic leaders again this week in search of their followers' bloc votes. In fact, some of the rabbis he visited – the Munkatcher Rebbe for example – are top supporters of Rabbi Boruch Lebovits, a well-known child sex abuser who Hynes is supposed to retry
In the process of asking for these rabbis' followers' bloc votes, Hynes privately and publicly walked back his most famous comment on these very same haredi rabbis' harassment of victims of child sex abuse. Hynes told media that the harassment, shunning and extortion suffered by haredi child sex abuse victims by haredim and by haredi rabbis was "worse than the Mafia."
Now, the ethically challenged, desperate and arguably corrupt D.A., who is on the edge of being – finally – voted out of office says that remark was "insensitive" and "a wrong thing to say."
Hynes did not criticize the shunning, harassment and extortion of child sex abuse victims and their families and supporters or do anything whatsoever to show sympathy for or empathy with those victims – the very victims he is sworn to protect.
Yeshiva World reports: