Judge Vincent DelGuidice
The warning came at the sentencing of Michael Sabo, 38, who confessed to sexually abusing two young children. Sabo’s case exemplified the difficulties prosecutors face in getting abuse victims in the close-knit Jewish community to come forward.
Sabo’s crimes came to light after a rabbi was presented with an incriminating photo of a tied-up boy. It took two years to track down the boy’s family, who then contacted prosecutors.
Sabo, a nurse and father of four from Marine Park, Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to abusing a 5-year-old boy for five years starting in 2001, and 6-year-old girl for at least three years.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office had evidence of seven additional victims. Prosecutor Kevin O’Donnell said some of their families refused to cooperate “because of the intimidation they thought they would endure as part of the Orthodox Jewish community.”