Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes faces press-ure from sex-abuse activists.
He showed The Post summaries of 96 cases, that reveal a shocking pattern of rape, sodomy, incest, kidnapping and sex attacks on children.
Hynes says that he has pursued scores of predators through a program called Kol Tzedek, Hebrew for “voice of justice,” launched in 2009, and has put some despicable offenders in prison for years.
But many avoided stiff jail sentences with wrist-slap plea deals, several got no punishment, and others had charges dropped or reduced after victims backed out under community pressure.
Hynes still refused to name the defendants, insisting his unusual policy protects victims and their families from intimidation by supporters of the creeps who “don’t give a damn about victims.”
The Post identified many of the cases after reviewing the summaries, which did not reveal sentences.
One involved social worker Yona Weinberg, a bar mitzvah tutor sentenced to a year in jail after he molested four boys, one in a synagogue’s ritual bath.
Another defendant repeatedly raped his own 8-year-old daughter and was convicted of a Class B felony, which carries up to 25 years in jail.
A third pervert, Brooklyn Rabbi Gershon Kranczer, fled to Israel after charges that he and his three sons repeatedly molested four young girls at the children’s home in Midwood. One whom told of being attacked for 15 years.
A serial groper grabbed the buttocks of five strangers on the street in 2009, leading to his guilty plea to forcible touching, a misdemeanor.
The jury is out on Hynes’ scorecard: 43 of the cases are still pending.
His records say 13 cases were dismissed and five defendants went to trial, with four convictions and one acquittal. Another 35 took plea deals.
The cases involved 123 victims, including 91 underage boys and girls, with seven allegations of rape, 21 of sodomy and 67 of sexual abuse.
But Hynes says victims too afraid to allege sex abuse are unlikely to cooperate. Sources said the DA’s rackets bureau has asked two complainants to wear hidden recorders.
Neither went through with it — including a father who told of pressure to drop charges that his son was molested by Meir Descalowitz, whose case is pending until he is declared mentally fit for trial.
Another dad, whose son was abused for five years by family friend Michael Sabo, praised the DA’s “very aggressive” response.
“Based on what I told them, they got a search warrant and arrested him in three days.” Sabo’s computers were loaded with child porn, and “he didn’t have time to get rid of it.”
The father also supports Hynes’ withholding of suspects’ names until the family is ready, saying it shields them from gossip and questions.
The case ended with one of Hynes’ biggest convictions.
Sabo, a 38-year-old nurse nurse in Marine Park, pleaded guilty on May 7 to assaulting the son and a girl from another family also willing to testify. He faces 20 years to life.
Critics still claim Hynes hasn’t done enough. “He is now scrambling to respond to criticism,” said activist Ben Hirsch, a co-founder of Survivors for Justice.
“Advocates and victims have been begging Hynes to take these cases since 2006. “We’ve had to pressure him to prosecute almost every one.”
Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes says he’s prosecuted 96 sex-assault suspects in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community since 2009. Of 53 closed cases, 13 were dismissed, 35 ended in plea deals and five went to trial, resulting in four convictions and one acquittal. High-profile cases include:
Emanuel Yegutkin, 53, the principal of a top private high school and a volunteer summer lifeguard from Ocean Parkway, is charged with repeatedly molesting three young sons of his closest friend, starting when they were as young as 7. The defendant, a politically connected figure, is pressing Hynes to drop the case, claiming a