Kiryas Joel,. NY - Record: KJ FBI Raids Tied To School Abuse Video
Kiryas Joel, NY - Hours after FBI agents entered Kiryas Joel and raided two well known village entities, sources in both Orange County law enforcement source and Kiryas Joel have confirmed that today’s activity was linked to video footage showing a school principal embracing and kissing a student in his office.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/yzZt3G), two videos had surfaced recently on social media, with one showing the principal of United Talmudical Academy of Kiryas Joel repeatedly kissing a young boy on the mouth, and the other capturing the principal giving a student with candy as he held the boy closely.
A statement released Tuesday by the school’s board of directors defended the principal who has been an educator for 30 years and denied that any abuse had taken place.
The Times Herald Record reported that search warrants were executed today at the school, located on Getzel Berger Boulevard, and at the Kiryas Joel Department of Public Safety on Schunnemunk Road.
FBI agents, representatives of the Sullivan County District Attorney’s office and members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were all observed on scene.
Officials at UTA confirmed that law enforcement on the state and county levels had been made aware of the surveillance footage seven months ago and that they have been cooperating fully with authorities.
Major Joseph Tripodo, commanding officer of the New York State Police Troop F in Middletown, told VIN News previously on two separate occasions that he could not comment on the ongoing investigation.
State police officials seemed to have been caught off guard by today’s raids.
Trooper Steven Nevel, public information officer for the New York State Police at Middletown, said that the state police, both in Middletown and in Albany, had no knowledge of today’s activities and had been instructed to direct anyone who called about the raid to contact the FBI’s New York City office.
“We are not privy to anything that is going on right now,” Trooper Nevel told VIN News.
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