Shmul Dym, a 31-year-old Monsey, New York hasid, pleaded guilty earlier today to felony sexual molestation of two brothers, 7 and 9 years old. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and will be placed on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
Monsey Hasid Pleads Guilty To Molesting Two Boys; Gets Probation, Not Jail
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Shmul Dym, a 31-year-old Monsey, New York hasid, pleaded guilty earlier today to felony sexual molestation of two brothers, 7 and 9 years old. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and will be placed on the New York State Sex Offender Registry, the Journal News reported.
He was charged with two felony counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Dym could have been sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Rockland County’s D.A. Thomas Zugibe told the Journal News he approved the plea agreement because the boy’s parents did not want them to have to testify in court.
“I commend the victims’ family for withstanding community pressure and cooperating throughout the process. They were concerned about their sons having to testify. In the end, we went with the family’s wishes,” Zugibe claimed.
Zugibe also said the family had been pressured by haredi leaders who wanted them to stop cooperating with Dym’s prosecution. But others in the haredi community supported the family and urged them to cooperate, he said.
Zugibe told the Journal News that his only regret about the case was that Dym would not serve a day in prison.
Dym’s co-counsel Kenneth Gribetz said Dym had nothing to do with any pressure there might have been on the boy’s family from the haredi community
“The case boiled down to [the two little boys,” Gribetz told the Journal News. “It would have been a traumatic experience for them [to have to testify]. We are pleased with the compassion shown by the D.A. for the victims. We hope the children go on with their lives.”
Dym’s younger brother Betzalel is a registered sex offender.
He was convicted six years ago of first-degree sexual abuse for having sex on five separate occasions with a 10-year-old boy.
Betzalel Dym is listed as a Level 2 sex offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
Shmul Dym’s sex offender classification has not yet been determined.