After a series of religious Jews charged with sex abuse crimes evaded prison time, law enforcement finally appears to be turning the corner in the effort to provide equal protection to children of the community.
David Kohn of Monsey pled guilty on Monday of performing oral sex on a then 12-year-old girl who was friends with his daughter. The 60-year-old Israeli-national is expected to face a sentence of eight years in state prison, 10 years probation and placement of the sex offenders registry. He also is likely to be deported following his sentence, as he’d overstayed his immigration VISA.
Kohn admitted to Judge William Nelson in the county courthouse that he’d perform sex acts on the girl between the years 2004 and 2006 when she was between the ages of 12 and 14. The girl did not report the crimes until 2012.
Prosecutors outfitted the girl with a body wire and recorded conversation between she and Kohn which verified her version of events and led to his arrest.
Kohn pled guilty to 35 counts of sexual abuse.
In the last year and a half Samuel Dym and Moishe Turner of Monsey and Herschel Taubenfeld of New Square were all charged with various sexual crimes against children, but evaded jail time. The probation sentences of Taubenfeld and Turner were announced within the last two weeks.
Prosecutors have faced challenges in securing justice for children in the religious community that have been victimized. Sometimes there is pressure from persons within the community for victims to deal with such matters internally, and not include the justice system.