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Monday, December 12, 2011

Child sex abuse scandal rocks N.Y. Orthodox community, after 85 arrested

Published 09:05 12.12.11 Latest update 09:05 12.12.11

Report: Andrew Goodman among those accused; additional cases pending under Kol Tzedek (Voice of Justice) program, which aims to coax victims in the community to come forward.

By Forward Staff

Brooklyn prosecutors say authorities have arrested 85 people in the Orthodox Jewish community on child sex abuse charges in the past three years, the New York Post reported Sunday, confirming earlier reports in the Forward.

Prosecutors in the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes told the Post that 38 of the sex cases had been closed so far, with 14 convictions. The suspects got jail time ranging from a month to up to 20 years for crimes that included sex abuse, attempted kidnapping, and sodomy, the paper said.

An ultra-Orthodox man. May 13, 2011 An ultra-Orthodox man.
Photo by: Reuters

Among those accused is Andrew Goodman, 27, who worked for Ohel and other Jewish social-service agencies. The Post says he is charged with sexually abusing two Orthodox boys for years in Flatbush, and filming sex acts dating back to 2006, according to the 144-count indictment, which alleges numerous violations since 2006.

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