Brooklyn, NY - Police: Molester Lures Children Into 'Belz' Borough Park Shul
Brooklyn, NY - Police are searching for a man who has lured children into a Brooklyn synagogue, molesting at least one of them.
Police say the sex attack happened during the afternoon on Wednesday, June 22.
Police say the man lured a 12-year-old into Simcha Hall, a Borough Park synagogue located at 50th Street and 15th Avenue.
Once in the basement, police say the man, dressed in tradition Hasidic attire, sexually assaulted the boy.
About an hour later, a second boy, 11, was confronted by the same man in front of the synagogue.
Police say that boy was not sexually assaulted but was lured into the synagogue.
The Special Victims Crime Unit is now handling the case as they search for the suspect.
According to the NY Post, The incidents came to light after one of the victims told his father what had happened. The dad in turn contacted Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, a advocate who works to expose incidents of child sexual molestation in the Hasidic Orthodox Jewish community.
Rosenberg gave the father the number of an NYPD detective.
“I said go down to the detective, and report it,” Rosenberg said.
David Orlander, whose son Nafatali Orlander manages the shul, said he had hear about the alleged attacks, but did not know who committed them.
“We won’t sweep it under the rug. Nobody is denying it [happened] but, for some reason, nobody knowns anything either,” Orlander said.
“Our shul is open 20 hours a day, and there’s not necessarily someone in the building,” Orlander said. “It’s open, in case anyone wants to come in an study. Even the mailman and the sanitation workers know it’s open and they can use the bathrooms. Anyone can walk in there.”
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