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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Call to duty: Judge urges Orthodox Jews to report child sex abuse

Judge Vincent DelGuidice

A BROOKLYN JUDGE urged members of the tightly guarded Orthodox Jewish community to report sex abuse as he sentenced a man who preyed on their children to 20 years to life in prison.

“There is a duty for all adults to protect our children,” Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice said Monday. “And the only way they can be protected is if they cooperate with law enforcement.”

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.”

Shortly before the trial was set to start, the father of Sabo’s female victim was confronted at his synagogue and told congregants planned to fill every seat in the courtroom and stare down his daughter when she took the stand.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has recently come under fire for refusing to release names of Jewish abusers. In his defense, he has citing the community’s insularity and fear of reprisal against victims.

At Sabo’s sentencing, the father of the male victim read a letter that the boy, now 16, wrote.

“You’re a miserable rotten piece of slime,” the victim wrote. “I want to kill you over and over again. I hope you’ll never see another (happy day) again.”

“Why? Why did you hurt all these innocent children?” the father asked after reading the note. “They were young innocent children who did nothing. . . . You took away their trust in adults.”

Sabo faced hundreds of years in prison on the abuse charges and on 120 counts of possessing child pornography.

The judge gave the “lenient” sentence because of the pressure victims and their families faced and to spare them from testifying.

Sabo agreed to the deal two weeks ago. His lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz claimed his client had been molested as a boy but never received any help.

“He languished, he suffered and, ultimately, he acted out as well,” the lawyer said.

That didn’t sway the victims’ family. At the sentencing, the sister of the female victim called Sabo “a sociopath.”

“You ruined her childhood and perhaps her whole life,” she said. “You are a monster.”

Del Giudice told the families he hopes seeing Sabo sent to prison will give them closure.

“There should be peace in your heart that this person will never ever be able to harm another child,” he said.

1 comment:

  1. I used to work for Ralph’s Produce Warehouse and in the 70′s I had a guy break my back by moving a pallet jack that I was holding up to keep Two Sugar Pallets with cages housing melons from falling off the dock when I was a dock store loader of Truck Trailers at the Alameda Warehouse in Los Angeles California's Produce Warehouse. I was Fired from the store chain after being harassed to go back to work. I saw the picture of the guy that did this to me on the web. He was arrested in a sting operation running a child pornography ring that had 400,000 (Four hundred thousand) pictures of children having sex with children/adults heck I don't know exactly what the pictures were of because they try to say on golden pond is child porn but I find it interesting that he wanted me dead so bad and wonder just how much he knew at the time. I still today know why sex laws are being used by our government and all the people involved in the coverup that runs right up to the top level of or government. Ralph’s know's some of this in their PR office in Compton CA. and are still silent to the issues. You tell them I am still coming for them and will not stop addressing the facts that no group can make people who do not want to give them money for their approval give them money because that is the definition of extortion. Sex Laws are nothing more than murder and political prisoner are being made by these groups who in fact will murder their own children to make a law that only causes inequality. If we want equality between sexes, sex laws must end. read my blog at

    He used to ride around the dock at ease getting the best stores to load and time to do little more than read the bible to others who would listen to him, never being without it. He was obnoxious telling everyone what sinners they were and had a special hard on for me because I got the worst stores to load and still pulled extremely high numbers so the administration pulled my job and put me on a special assignment of mushrooms, strawberries, ginger, called the gourmet department and such work was conducted mostly on the dock near the doors where the wind would whistle through between the trailers or building orders which was all in the freezer unites and loading the melons, watermelons, banana squash and such kind of extremely heavy lifting setting me up for the fall when like four tons of watermelons fell on me when this guy wrenched the Jack well loading one of the trailers near the flower station. Gourmet was loaded on each truck in over a hundred trucks each night, six days a week. Ralph’s has a long history of abusing the employees. So these administration bozo’s fired me and kept the bible thumper and if you read my blog you will understand the political nature of the LBGT movement and why when you go to a Ralph’s you have women who swam the isles to get men arrested for brushing against them, men willing to make arrests for what is deemed unsocial behavior and how money is the driving factor, and they are driving angry, if you have not seen what those clowns did to Mrs. Tequila at a concert its a good search. Even in the 50′s Marilyn Monroe hated to wear anything. I met a man who would break out in boils to wear a shirt. When I was in France the TV was great and the shows were not like in the USA. I was so embarrassed by Will Smith when he hit a man for creating him in a photo shoot, clearly just by looking at him he did not seem out of place in his country. And the USA has become a very violent place since people are being kept for having sex.