Leader Of Hasidic Safety Patrol Faces Federal Charges For Alleged Sexual Abuse Of Minor


The founding father of the Borough Park Shomrim, a patrol group with shut ties to the NYPD, is dealing with new federal prices for alleged little one sexual abuse.

Jacob Daskal, 62, was arrested Thursday on three counts regarding his alleged statutory rape of a teenage lady over a interval of months starting in the summertime of 2017.

Prosecutors allege that Daskal took the lady in when she was 15, grooming her for an abusive relationship that included sexual activity in his Brooklyn dwelling, his upstate New York summer time home, and a Chicago resort.

He was arrested on state prices in 2018 for allegedly abusing the identical sufferer, and has been out on bail in that case for practically three years. The involvement of federal prosecutors means he might face considerably extra jail time — two of the fees carry a compulsory minimal of 10 years and a most of life in jail.

At his arraignment on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Legal professional Erin Reid outlined the “stunning” allegations towards Daskal, describing him as “an individual who held appreciable energy within the Orthodox group, who was entrusted with the care of a minor 15-year-old lady and who abused that belief and that energy for his personal sexual wants.”

For many years, Daskal performed a number one position within the Borough Park Shomrim, a controversial Hasidic neighborhood patrol group that maintains an in depth relationship with the NYPD’s 66th precinct. “That was a substantial energy that he used towards this younger lady,” Reid mentioned.

After the unnamed lady moved to Chicago, Daskal requested that she pose nude for him throughout video chats, and at one level traveled to town to have intercourse along with her in a resort room, in accordance with the grievance.

Daskal entered a plea of not responsible on Thursday. His lawyer, Henry Mazurek, argued that his shopper shouldn’t be detained forward of the trial as a result of he had made appearances in his state case, pointing to his giant household — eight kids and 36 grandchildren — as proof of his “extraordinary ties to the group.”

Family members agreed to place up their properties as a part of a $4.5 million bond, which Decide Peggy Kuo accepted.

In a press release, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn District Legal professional, which was prosecuting the state’s case, advised Gothamist: “We imagine that this defendant, who crossed state traces to allegedly sexually assault a toddler, needs to be held totally accountable for his alleged conduct and we due to this fact labored with the federal authorities to convey prices in federal court docket, the place the potential punishment is extra extreme.”

The state case will doubtless be dropped, in accordance with a supply near the investigation.