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    A surprising number of child sex abuse cases are surfacing in the Orthodox Jewish community.

    The latest one, uncovered by the Brooklyn District Attorney, accuses a man of preying on young boys.


    It’s one of the latest cases to rock the Orthodox community. Andrew Goodman, a 27-year-old from Midwood, is charged with with 144 counts of sexual abuse of two boys.


    It’s charged that since 2006, Goodman, who worked for Jewish social service agencies, sexually abused one boy aged 11 to 15, and another, age 13 to 16, while recording the activity on a webcam.


    “I spoke to the two boys. They are 100 percent credible,” said Rabbi Shea Hecht with the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education.

    Hecht said one of the two alleged victims is especially credible.


    “He remembered everything — dates, times,” Hecht told CBS 2′s John Slattery.



    Goodman lives on East 15th Street, where community members say they shot a video of teens, entering and leaving his home during early hours.


    “To say that these kids spent an exorbitant amount of time with him does not in and of itself mean that crimes were committed,” Goodman’s attorney, Israel Fried, said.


    Fried said the only evidence he knows of is the word of the kids.


    “There are inconsistencies — meaning that it’s not a slam dunk,” he said.


    The DA’s office said in the last three years 85 accused Orthodox child molesters have been charged involving 117 victims — 38 cases have been resolved with 14 convictions.


    “When that person is arrested for doing it to one victim or to two victims, I guarantee there are 10, 20, 30 victims somewhere out there in the community,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.


    Hikind said one of the great difficulties in such cases is to get the families of alleged victims to come forward, because of the intense social consequences.


    Goodman is locked up at Rikers Island with bail set at $1 million.


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    Brooklyn D.A. Investigation Leads to 85 Sexual Predators Arrested in Orthodox Jewish Community





    Earlier this summer, the Hasidic community in Borough Park was ripped asunder by one of the most gruesome murders imaginable — a young Jewish boy smothered and disemboweled. The murderer may have been a troubled outcast, as Matthew Shaer describes in last week's New York, but he was still one of their own — a chilling reality check. Now, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office has revealed the results of a three-year investigation into sexual abuse in the borough's Orthodox Jewish community that is downright seismic:


    85 sexual predators arrested and 117 victims identified, according to the Post.



    Front and center in the investigation, it seems, is one Andrew Goodman, a 27-year-old adopted as a child into an Orthodox Jewish family, who had spent the past several years working with nonprofits for at-risk youths and mentally disabled adults, where his responsibilities included helping residents go to the bathroom and shower. He faces a 144-count indictment stemming from two victims in Flatbush — next door to Borough Park — who claim to have been sexually abused by Goodman during their early teens. But the number of his victims is likely much higher. After being released on bail in summer of 2010, following his arrest, the community was witness, either via videotape or visit from the Shromrim patrol, to three separate occasions when Goodman had young boys in his house (where he lives with his mother and sister): four the first time, three the second, and one the third.



    So far, about 38 cases in the Brooklyn D.A.'s Project Kol Tzedek — which the Post translates as Hebrew for "voice of justice" (find a tip sheet with helpline information here) — have been closed, with just under two thirds resulting in the perps walking free. Many pleaded to lesser changes, with the Post claiming that some got off mostly scot-free because "victims or their parents backed out under community pressure." Of the fourteen or so who were handed jail sentences, the longest sentence may be up to twenty years.



    While difficult days of introspection are surely ahead for Brooklyn's insular Orthodox enclaves, growing awareness of such crimes and rabbis' willingness to seek out secular help are essential for the community to protect its most vulnerable even while preserving its oldest and most cherished traditions.


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