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July 28, 2011

An Accused Pedophile And Rapist As A Shomrim Member?

Shomrim_patrol_car The Borough Park Shomrim have a member who has been accused (but not charged) of pedophilia and accused of rape. Worse yet, the man participated in the search for Leiby Kletzky, driving throughout Borough Park in an SUV, wearing a Shomrim vest, and broadcasting that he was looking for the 8-year-old missing boy.

 

The alleged pedophile is David Shea Friedman, who own's Friedman's Photography in Borough Park.

A Brooklyn hasidic source told me yesterday that Friedman is "well known" in the community and by rabbis as a pedophile. He told me Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg repeatedly warned about Friedman on his hotline several years ago.

So I called Rabbi Rosenberg and asked about Friedman.

Rabbi Rosenberg told me he did indeed have two reports about Friedman on his hotline several years ago.

Friedman used to be the "candy man" in the Munkatcher Rebbe's synagogue, giving candy to kids, until the rebbe found out what Friedman was allegedly doing to some of those boys in the basement of his synagogue. From that point on, Friedman was banned from going to the basement of the synagogue or using its bathrooms.

The hotline also had a story about a rape Friedman allegedly committed against a bride-to-be who came to his photography studio. He allegedly lured her to the basement and raped her there. He was arrested, but the charges were dropped when the bride's family convinced her not to cooperate with law enforcement.

Several years ago, Rabbi Rosenberg told a senior coordinator of Borough Park's Shomrim about Friedman's alleged crimes. The coordinator told Rabbi Rosenberg that Shomrim had done a background check on Friedman, and it came up clean, and that was enough for Shomrim. This is especially egregious behavior in a community where many crimes are never reported to police, so there is no police record to find in a background check. And it is even more egregious when you realize Shomrim keeps it own list of suspected criminals – especially of pedophiles – that it has not reported to police.

There are still two unsolved Borough Park child abductions, one of a 4-year-old girl, the other of 14-year-old girl.

Both cases involve luring or forcing the child into a vehicle and committing a sexual assault.

In both cases, parents refused to cooperate with police. Yanky Mayer, known as a "fixer" for the haredi community with police and the Medical Examiner, was thought to be heavily involved in those decisions.

Should the former candy man of Munkatch be a suspect in these abductions?

And why is he driving the streets of Brooklyn wearing a Shomrim vest and driving an official looking vehicle with a public address system?

That's a question Borough Park's Shomrim still need to answer.

Update 8:00 pm CDT – I received this in an eamil earlier today from a reader who wants to remain anonymous:

Friedman was the photographer at my sisters wedding some 12+ years go. He gave me a ride to the park house hotel but first stopped off at his studio to show me some photo tricks that i had expressed interest in on the way. It only took me a few minutes to realize that what he really wanted to do was play with my crotch. He kept moving his hand onto my lap and i kept moving away. BH he didn't manage to do anything that night but i did report it to the police.

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Wow. Just wow. There are no words. Except for....

What the hell is the matter with these people?!?!?

a well known pig

Perhaps one of your readers can stroll into Friedman's Photography, snap a photo of David Shea Friedman, and post it on this blog?

The capacity that the brain has for being completely brainwashed is mind boggling! I don't have any other way to explain the mindset and behavior of those in the Hassidic sects.

as the day goes by things get weirder weirder bizarre turns into very bizarre oy vey iz mir.

Common Sense- i keep saying the same thing writing here how a human being can be tottaly brainwashed hypnotized by stupidity its beyond belief.

maybe they are using the logic

it takes a thief to catch a thief

This article is troubling on a very deep level. There is too much of "wink and a nod" and too little due process. Justice is compromised by relationships. The rabbis need to be held accountable for allowing these types of situations to perpetuate in their community. It's not only wrong that this man may have committed these heinous acts and walks around with the full faith of the community. It is also wrong that these accusations remain in the air instead of either being investigated, charges brought or the man being cleared. Who in their right mind would want to be part of a community where pedophiles are protected and families pressure victims to drop charges to protect their narrow pathetic interests and false reputations?

Pedophilia is rampant so the focus is on it now more perhaps. In years past, people didn't say anything, now they are more open to at least reporting these atrociaties. in the past we suffered in silence. i recall being accosted in a Lubavich Yeshiva by some Russian immigrant and was aghast the next day seeing him get such an honorable and pomp and cirumstance Aliyah. But it never occured to me then to speak out.

Shprinzah Chanah Boro Parkiana... well said!

The head Co-ordinator of Shomrim BP Moshe Reichberg moleseted a friend of mine a few times when he was a 13 yrd old bochur- and he told me there are more victims out there - shame shame shame. and he is the head of shomrim or even a shomrim member.

We did a check on shmaryahu and he also came up clean. I guess that means nothing. I better report him. I may of heard something about him. I'm not sure if it was him but it might be. OK I have to call in order to play it safe & to protect the community .

Is anyone in the community accusing Friedman of these "unsolved" kidnappings and rapes?

According to the articles I just read, the perp in each case drove a black car. I'm sure the cops can, and certainly already have, checked the ownership of all the black cars in Boro Park, and probably compared them with the vehicles Friedman owned or leased at the time.

I'm sure the cops were also able to get some kind of description of the perp from at least the older of the two victims. If it matches Friedman's description, they should question him.

Kidnappings and rapes are not crimes that the rabbis sweep under the rug. Diddling little boys in shul or in the mikvah are the type of crimes that are.

Why is anybody surprised? Think of the frum community as a click. or chevra. The Rabbis and wealthy askanim are on top, then the Rabbi teachers in the schools, professionals (doctors, social workers), shomrim, hatzolah, and then everybody else. This pecking order isn't exact, but it is a general idea.
The rabbi advisers run the schools and organizations in the frum community.`

So, why is anybody surprised that a molester is a member of Shomrim?

When I was a kid I was moleted several times by another shomrim member: Avrumy weiss the owner from weiss bakery on 13ave in bp. He took me up to his office in top of his store and did his dirty work there. (I think his also munkatch). I've since met another few who where his victims. I now live around the corner and I can't get myself to pass that store, it brings back terrible memory.. Crying outlet. Shomrim member molester #3.

Hey Shimmy, I am so sorry. Shomrim sucks big time.

Ironically, these police wannabees are the ones that have the "list" of possible molesters. So the shomrim are protecting their own. Figures. Two of the names mentioned here are 100% true. Ask me how I know...... :(

Shimmy,

Your story is terrible. I'm assuming you're over age 23. Do you know anyone who was abused by this man who is under age 23?

No I don't. I never annouced this in public. Today was the first time I ever did. I moved on in life BH. I was a real victim. Still can't leave my memories behid.

Shimmy,

It's good that you spoke up. Unfortunately many victims don't talk about their abuse and live in pain with their memories.

This abuser is likely still abusing children. The only way to stop him is to alert the authorities.

There is a sex abuse department in the NYPD with investigators who are trained in this field. They are not part of any local precinct and Shomrim does not have any contact with them.

Would you consider making a confidential report to this division? Your name will be kept confidential. The report will allow then to start an investigation and if they determine that he's abused anyone now still under age 23 they may be able to prosecute.

This may save other kids.

"Report the Criminals", who are you and how are you so well versed in this area?

Do you know anyone who was abused by this man who is under age 23?

What is the significance of age 23?

What is the significance of age 23?

Posted by: David | July 29, 2011 at 12:50 AM

The statute of limitations expires 5 years from the victim's 18th birthday – i.e., at 23-years-old.

Shimmy, tomorrow, you report this to the 66 Precinct which serves your area.

If this happened more than 5 years ago, and you're older than 23, report it anyway. The cops can't prosecute, but they keep your story on file and if there are other reports, this fellow will at the top of their list. If this happened more than 5 years ago, and you're younger than 23, the cops will check out your story and question this guy.

For obvious reasons keep Shomrim out of the loop. I don't believe child molestation is any worse in Boro Park than anywhere else in the city but you've got to report these things to the authorities, not the rebbe.

Morris Shimmy and Victim,

The 66th Precinct, or any local police station is not the place to report the abuse to. The abuse should be reported to the sex crimes division directly.

The 66 may call Yanky Mayer or Yanky Daskal. They have good friends there.

Victim, if you'd like to be put directly in contact with advocates who can help you, email Shmarya directly and ask him to refer you to one. He will keep your information confidential if you ask him to. Guaranteed.

what the F ... so anybody with a BLOG can just something on someone without any proof whatsoever , and POOF its true

no wonder Journalism is DEAD ....


Mr Failed Messiah , i think you raped a child ... or maybe your daughter .. well maybe you don't have a daughter.. whats the difference... you just raped the DOG,.... now lets put you in jail and get pictures of you and post all over

You are a dope and a low life J. THey told him to report the incident Shimmy posted about. It is not Shimmy's blog. Why don't you learn how to read first?

Posted by: J | July 29, 2011 at 06:39 AM

Please.

I did not name this person as a pedophile and rapist.

I REPORTED that a well known haredi hotline did several years ago.

The news is that this alleged pedophile is a member of Shomrim and searched for Leiby Kletzky.

Process that.

Kidnappings and rapes are not crimes that the rabbis sweep under the rug. Diddling little boys in shul or in the mikvah are the type of crimes that are.

Posted by: Morris the Katz | July 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM

not truw

two girls where abducted and raped and the was covered up

Wrong, "Report the Criminals."

Shimmy implied the crime is past the statute of limitations. What do you think the Sex Crimes unit would do with something they can't prosecute? They'd politely tell Shimmy to file a report with the 66, those cops have an ear closer to the ground, and would keep an eye on the photographer and his shop, just in case there are future reports.

Yes indeed and I used to get calls in the middle of night to take care of families or kids who were victims of incest and rape. When i asked how old they were and clearly they were minors and said i would see them and report them i was told don't worry. Dass Torah has stated that this okay and it is okay not to report. I said no and they hung up.

The rest of the story you fill in the blanks cause i did not stop.

Shmarya, I told you I have information on the 4 year old/14 year old case.

I clicked the link on your blog, and the first thing I read was that you labeled Family Court Ronald E. Richter a "Nazi." I don't know the first thing about Judge Richter but I'll bet one of my nine lives against a can of Fancy Feast (yechh!) that Judge Richter isn't a Nazi.

You, however, are a jerk.

Finally. Ive heard about a scumbag form the shomrim abducted a girl 2 yrs and will come to justice

Any point in contacting Dov Hikinds office about a verified molestation? It is way beyond the statute of limitations. I am not looking to get this guy in trouble. I only want to make sure he's not harming others.

its worth a try. Not sure about Hikind, but he acts all concerned. we need to have a climate where this is reported. when it happened to me as a 6 yo kid, you dont process that this is wrong.

If only to prevent one more abuse then report it.

Any point in contacting Dov Hikinds office about a verified molestation? It is way beyond the statute of limitations. I am not looking to get this guy in trouble. I only want to make sure he's not harming others.

Posted by: VICTIM | July 29, 2011 at 10:16 AM

No.

Hikind will not do anything.

Call police. Tell them your story.

When you're done with that, send me the details and I will send the information to activists.

Shmarya,

I'm not looking to create a buz or to bury this jerk. I want to give his name to someone that may be looking to verify other alegations against him. The jerk was single at the time.....Although I may still be scarred, I moved on and I'm looking for revenge, I only want to prevent others from going through this (if he is still a threat)

Sorry I meant to write I'm NOT looking for revenge.

The only way to stop this guy is to call police.

It is not revenge.

You're saving other children.

Shimmy - good for you for speaking up. Hope it helped your healing.

do not be afraid or intimidated report all child abuse to the local authorities immediately.the pedophiles weapon is secrecy.

can anyone please tell me what is it about the hassidim that there are so many molestations in their midst, i myself over 50 years ago as i wrote here a few times was molested by non other then our town shoihet and moel at the age of 10 in the mikva he was 60 years old the shoihet when tisha baav came he was crying screaming his heart he wore shtreimel this was in a communist coutry what is about the is their lifestyle or is it that they go mental since they are so restricted in everything they do so if they see someone vulnarable they do their monstreous behavior can anyone exlain it to me.

SHMARIA.ALL THE SEXUALLY ABUSED YOUNG AND OLD REPORT THE CHOLERAS TO THE SEX VICTIMS DEPT AT THE NYPD!
THE 66 PRECENT IS SOLD TO THE HIIGHEST AND MIGHTIEST HERE.YOU ARE DEFAMING THAT FRIEDMAN UNLESS YOU HAVE REASONABLE REASONS TO USE HIS NAME TO PUT HIM AWAY FOR LIFE,PEPLE,DONT DO PICTURES BY HIMIF IT IS TRUE AND SEND HIM CASTRATED TO HELL HIM AND OTHERS LIKE HIM.

I'm not looking to create a buz or to bury this jerk. I want to give his name to someone that may be looking to verify other alegations against him. The jerk was single at the time.....Although I may still be scarred, I moved on and I'm looking for revenge, I only want to prevent others from going through this (if he is still a threat)

Posted by: VICTIM | July 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

report that is the only way to prevent from happing to others

It is a simple solution, the other solution have proven not to work and as matter of fact give more power to the molester

Posted by: jancsipista | July 29, 2011 at 02:29 PM

sorry that happened to you but I do not think there are more molesters. However, the few molesters are molesting much more kids than in a secular society. In a secular they report and the stigma of being molested is either a none issue or a minuscule one. Therefore police are notified

However, a frum molester can molest a much greater number of children before someone will report him or her if that happens at all.

therefore even if the percentage of pedophiles are the same as in a secular society the number of victim will be much greater in the frum society for the same number of perpetrators

in addition lets assume a person has a low feeling or want of pedophilia they will or might control themselves in a secular society since they will say what if a get caught. that barrier does not exist in the frum society.

And if the guy is one because of power again in a frum society the power of the perpetrator is that much greater, giving the perpetrator more incentive to molest.

It all boils down too one simple fact

The frum do not report do not punish the perpetrator. If they would I am sure the number of victims will decrease drastically

seymour- thats a good point but i keep hearing different names of molesters all the time i never imagined there are so many so the answer must be maybee there are more molesters among the hassidim.

I don't think there are more molesters in the frum community than elsewhere. In fact, I strongly believe there are fewer.

The problem is that these guys generally don't get caught, so they end up committing more crimes than the average molester who'll get caught pretty quickly because his victims go to the cops rather than their rabbis.

Morris,

I'm sure you mean well but you're offering bad advice.

The local precincts refer sex crimes to the NYPD Sex Crimes Division, not the other way around.

Even though this case may be outside the statute of limitations the Sex Crimes Division will open a file and investigate if they deem it appropriate.

A report to the 66 is ill advised. As is a report to Hikind.

Report, not for revenge, but to protect other children.

OMG...This is so sad! I am so dumbfounded and feel terribly sorry for the community in which the victims have no way of calling for help.I was abused & molested as a child and raped as a teen. couldn't tell anyone. kept it bottled up. It ruined my entire perception of love and faith. Anger was all I knew. didn't trust anyone.It has taken me. It is worse than death to live with that kind of fear,hate and low self esteem. Please people! You must find the courage and support one another to fight this travesty and find justice. I know its hard but as a community we owe it to the children. these are the future generations and they will grow up without any love in their hearts as well...the Cycle of abuse will never end. You must stand up for their rights since they cannot do it on their own. one person at a time will make a difference. Call the FBI send letters to your local reps, papers...even if it is anonymously. Call the NYPD Abuse Hotline..and keep calling till someone pays attention. this has got to stop!!!!!

Pbs frontline .org has 2 excellent video essays on the damage that a secretive sectarian sect can do on a community.failure to report to authorities can lead to serial rape of children as had happened in the village of stmichael alaskain that case nearly 300 hundred children.

Why dont you report about the molester on lakewood hatzolah?

Since we know nothing about Aron's background and the frum world refuses to divulge any data, maybe he too was a Shomrim , or misaskim , or chaverim member ?
We should demand full disclosure as to who this guy is and his place in the community !

I know Mr. Friedman and would not be surprised if the aligations are true

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