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March 29, 2012

Brooklyn DA Condemned For Failing To Prosecute Haredi Pedophiles

Charles HynesFinding sexual abusers of children and prosecuting their cases is one of law enforcement’s top priorities. But in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office has come under fire for not vigorously pursuing cases in the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities, a charge Hynes vehemently denies.

Charles Hynes
Charles Hynes

Brooklyn DA Condemned For Not Prosecuting More Hasidic, Orthodox Jewish Sex Abusers
Charles Hynes Vehemently Denies Allegations, Says He's Champion For Cause

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Finding sexual abusers of children and prosecuting their cases is one of law enforcement’s top priorities.

But in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office has come under fire what not vigorously pursuing cases in the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities, a charge Hynes vehemently denies.

On Friday afternoons in Williamsburg families prepare for the Sabbath. It is a sheltered community known for its devotion to old world values, but some say its a community with a secret made worse by decades of cover-up and law enforcement that looks the other way.

“We have a wonderful community, a beautiful community, but we have some of the same of the problems the rest of the world have,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently told CBS 2’s Chris Wragge.

The problem is the sexual abuse of children and the failure to report it to authorities. In the insular world of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews, it is the accuser who is believed to bring shame on the community, while the abuser is often pitied.

“It’s an environment that protects offenders,” said Ben Hirsch of advocacy group Survivors For Justice. “There are a lot of known perpetrators in the community and they’re not being reported.”

In 2009, the Brooklyn district attorney set up a special unit to deal with the abuse cases in the Orthodox community. Since then, there have been 85 arrests, but the cases are shrouded in secrecy. Hynes won’t release names of the alleged abusers, saying it could identify victims.

“It’s a civil rights statute that precludes us from identifying the people,” Hynes said.

But not all district attorneys agree with that interpretation of the civil rights law. Assemblyman Hikind said he finds Hynes’ position inexplicable.

“Why he will not release information that other district attorneys release readily to the public because it is in the public interest, I just don’t get that,” Hikind said.

Hirsch said Hynes is bowing to pressure from politically powerful rabbis.

“I do believe that Charles Hynes is playing politics with children’s lives,” Hirsch said.

A charge Hynes dismisses.

“There is no more forceful partner with advocates whether it’s  sex abuse or domestic violence than I have been in the 21 years I have been district attorney in this town,” Hynes said.

Of the 85 arrests, 14 have resulted in prison terms and some are critical of Hynes’ commitment to prosecute cases.

“Justice, that’s all we wanted,” said one abuse victim’s father.

“I wanted something to be done about it,” another added.

Those fathers, who didn’t want to be identified by CBS 2, said their sons were abused by Rabbi Joel Kolko. They said both boys were willing to testify against him at trial, but they were stunned when the district attorney let Kolko plead to lesser charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and given three years probation.

“He basically walked free and that’s what they wanted,” one of the fathers said.

“It was just shocking … shocking. It was a shock. We waiting for justice and it’s not being done,” the other added.

But some say cases fall apart because families back out because they are afraid of being ostracized.

“I think they throw the towel in. They might notify the DA after they’ve been to the DA that we’re not pressing the case,” Hikind said.

However, the victims’ fathers and their children were willing to go forward and they said they will never forget the justice denied them by the district attorney.

“They should do what’s right for the families that has been a victim of this guy, and not what’s right for the other side,” one of the fathers said.

Rabbi Kolko was arrested for violating his probation. A spokesman for the district attorney said there will no plea this time. His lawyer said evidence needs to come out at trial before anyone makes conclusions.


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bloc voting

This scum is being paid solely by our taxes to do a job which he is not doing.

Not only is he making money off of this but he is also responsible for allowing rapists to be set free.

Every other DA in the world releases the names of the abusers. We must have these names in order to protect the kids and the community.

Hynes refuses to do this citing the ridiculous reason that this might compromise the victims!

What a complete fraud.

He needs to be constantly confronted.

If one kid murdered in Florida can attract national attention surely hundreds and probably thousands of raped kids in Brooklyn deserve some notice, a little justice?

This is something that can truly unite people and ultimately bust the scum rabonim who not only permit this but even ruin the lives of the families unfortunate enough to have been harmed.

Hynes is part of the problem not the solution. He must be followed and exposed over and over again. He must feel the heat and become the subject of investigation himself.

If the Brooklyn DA is allowing politics to trump children, why doesn't the New York State Attorney General intervene on the part of the abused children? How about the Federal Department of Justice? Is the spotted owl or the bald eagle more important than the welfare of children? Even abused dogs appear to have more rights.

Hynes needs the Jewish vote! Just break it all down to its simplest form. Votes from the Rabbis, and their following in exchange for no names.
The Rabbis then are able to protect everyone in their own clans, and hold complete sway over the community.
Hynes should be put in jail along with the Rabbis for child abuse!

Posted by: boruch521

So let us start by exposing the rabonim who have made deals with him.

Confront these criminals who have no shame.

As Rocky says, even a dog has more rights than these Jewish kids.

Hi Litvish. If you are a mandated reporter, doesn't that cover not only child abuse but suspected abuse? You've got names. What would happen if you exposed them? Someone has to start making a record, a paper trail. The problem is that in order to expose someone else, one has to also expose them self. That regurgitates pain, so it is often very difficult to do.

If someone I loved deeply like my child were to be abused how could I keep silent and not suffer myself?

I have spoken out on other matters where I ended up paying a price as a whistle blower.

It has resulted in financial and community loss for me.

I would do it all over again if I had to.

I did not come into this world to live in fear and, above all, to betray my Truth.

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

I find that the fear of what will happen is always more unsettling than actually doing what I fear to do.

litvish what abt the jungreis family in willi?
they are nto only up against a stone wall but have been mercilessly ostracized and left to clean up the communities mess alone
how is that for unsettling how many years has it been and how much longer till the "communities and Rabbis (if u want to call them that" id like to say corrupt leaders stand up and od something abt it
when will htey support us survivors and all the hundredds of victims???
why dont u tell me when there will be soemthing set up to help pay for therapy and the most basic needs like a place where survivors can stay and food to eat?
how abt instead of sitting here talking you all get off ur hynees and do something to help

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