“He abused his position in the Jewish community”: prosecutors say
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Jacob “Yanky” Daskal, the founding Orthodox religious leader of “Borough Park Shomrim” in NYC, has been indicted in federal court in Brooklyn for the alleged rape of a fifteen-year-old in two states, authorities announced Thursday.
Borough Park Shomrim is an orthodox private crime patrol group for 30 years associated with NYPD’s 66th district in Brooklyn.
Daskal, 62, had already been indicted in 2018 in state court for the alleged sexual abuse of the same teenager, but now the federal prosecutors they intervened and presented a new case which means significantly more time in prison. It is expected that the state case will be dismissed and the federal one will advance, bounded New York Post citing an anonymous law enforcement source.
Daskal was arraigned yesterday afternoon before Judge Peggy Kuo. His attorney, Henry Mazurek, pleaded “not guilty” in her name. “We intend to challenge the charges and fully litigate,” he stated in court.
Kuo ordered Daskal’s release with a $ 4.5 million bond, signed by eight members of his family and insured by five properties, despite the objection of prosecutors who advocated for his arrest.
Daskal, father of eight children and grandfather of 36 grandchildren, You will be able to continue working as a property manager while on bail.
Prosecutors argued in an arrest memorandum that Daskal allegedly “Abused his position of power in the Orthodox Jewish community to woo a vulnerable 15-year-old in a sexual relationship ”.
According to the prosecution, between August and November 2017 Daskal He repeatedly raped the young woman at her homes in Borough Park (NYC) and South Fallsburg (NY). And on November 5, 2017, he flew to Chicago for a day, where he booked a hotel room and allegedly outraged the teenager there before returning home hours later.
In early 2018, the victim confided in a mentor about the abuse and later reported it to the police.
Brooklyn Man Charged with Enticing a 15-Year-Old Girl to Travel to Engage in Sexual Activity
ADIC Sweeney: “A man who founded an organization aimed at creating a safer community should know the difference between right and wrong.”
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) March 4, 2021
“Mr. Daskal’s position of influence [as founder of Borough Park Shomrim] may have helped him attempt to silence his victim, but it won’t stop the FBI from holding him accountable.” https://t.co/pxSeFys57L
— Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt (@avitalrachel) March 4, 2021
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