This is Brooklyn and we can’t be certain Mendy Israel will be convicted, particularly if Kenneth Thompson gets anywhere near his case. He did, after all, remain a member of the Y for quite a while after the initial charges were raised.
We thought that a gentle reminder of the nature of the crime and the stakes involved might be in order. To the D.A. who handles this case:
“We are talking about a little girl. We are talking about a life that will be forever altered, a child’s dreams that will be tormented for a lifetime. Don’t sacrifice your soul in exchange for votes by setting this serial sex offender free. End the madness.” – LM
Former Borough Park Y board member who volunteers with Hatzalah EMS charged with child sex abuse
A former board member of the Borough Park Y was indicted for sexually abusing a little girl over a span of seven years, prosecutors said Friday.
Samuel “Mendy” Israel was charged in March for molesting the child when she was between 10 and 17 years old from 2000 until November 2007, according to the criminal complaint.
Israel, 44, was listed as a member of the board until earlier this month, but is still allegedly an active member of the Hatzalah of Boro Park volunteer ambulance service, a source said.
“He has access to treat children in their most vulnerable moment … the community protects him thinking it’s a joke telling people he’s in court over money matters,” the source told the Daily News.
Israel was charged with four counts of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors offered Israel a five-year plea bargain at an earlier court appearance that he declined, a source said.
The alleged molestation happened inside a residence on 60th St. near Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and at an undisclosed location, according to court documents.
Israel, who is out on $100,000 bail, refused to answer questions outside of Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday, where he had a brief court appearance.
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