Beware of Moshe Friedman: Your Stomach Will Turn After You Read the Police Report
Moshe Friedman got a sweetheart deal which kept him out of jail and off the sex offender registry when he pled guilty on February 1, 2017 to a misdemeanor charge of “child endangerment” (NY Daily News).
Some of his defenders will say he didn’t really do anything serious. Maybe he just slapped a boy who was misbehaving. But you won’t say that after you read the police report with allegations of a string of sadistic sexual tortures that led to his indictment for multiple felony acts which could have put him in prison for decades.
According to the signed and sworn police report which was the basis of his indictment: The People of the State of New York County of Kings v Moshe Friedman:
…Between September 01, 2013 … and June 06, 2014 … at … [a yeshiva in Boro Park], the defendant … on multiple incidents per month …
Did strike the informant’s hand with defendant’s hand when informant’s hand was injured and treated with a cast
Did place defendant’s hand on the informant’s exposed buttocks
Did grab the informant’s penis,
Did insert the defendant’s finger into the informant’s anus
Did insert a banana into the informant’s anus
Did put the defendant’s mouth on the informant’s buttocks
Did place the informant’s penis inside the defendant’s mouth
Did bite the informant’s penis with defendant’s mouth
Did tie a string around the informant’s penis
Did shove a rag into the informant’s mouth
Did tie the informant’s lips shut with string
Did display a gun to the informant and state to the informant in sum and substance, “you’d better not tell your parents, or I’ll kill you and your family.”
The … [boy was born in] 2007.
Moshe friedman (click on pic to enlarge)
This is a description of nine months of severe physical violence, sexual abuse, life-threatening terror, and perverse sadism which was inflicted on a six-year-old child.
And yet, no jail time and no inclusion on the sex offender registry. All this because the child was unable or unwilling to testify and because the DA probably did not beat the bushes to find other victims that might have testified.
The family might have been afraid to have their son to testify because they were going to be up against, Arthur Aidala., Brooklyn’s highest paid criminal defense lawyer. Aidala got the conviction of Baruch [Mordechai] Lebovitz overturned on appeal and then got a plea deal with only a few more months of jail time. Aidala was the closest of buddies with former DA Charles Hynes and used that connection to influence DA staff.
[UPDATE-March 2, 2017. According to the NY Post, Aidala is on the Trump administration’s short list for becoming the next US Attorney for the Eastern District of NYS which includes Brooklyn.]
The current DA, Eric Gonzalez was part of the old Hynes machine. So they had to worry the fix might be in. Most Hasidim in Brooklyn assume the fix is in with the DA. Everyone in Brooklyn who pays attention to these matters know the DA is pressured by the Haredi community to go easy on orthodox sex abusers. Everyone also knows that a DA running for election or reelection, courts the Haredi block vote. And Gonzalez is running for election to the position to which he was just appointed after the death of DA Ken Thompson.
Agudath Israel VP R. Zwiebel & Bkln DA Eric Gonzalez
The family may also have been worried that Aidala would earn his high fees by brutalizing the child if he went on the stand.
In all likelihood, the family may have been intimidated by their Haredi community into going easy on Moshe Friedman. Shamefully, most of the community still believes that keeping a fellow Jew out of jail is important even if he is known to be a child molester.
So at the end of the day they settled for a misdemeanor of child endangerment which isn’t even explicitly about sexual abuse. But have no doubt about the basis of the conviction. Look at the probation terms for the next three y