Meir Dascalowitz who is guilty of multiple anal rapes of a teen boy agreed to reduced charges. Two years ago the DA was considering a much lower term but was pressured by an activist demonstration into cancelling that plan. But there is more than just Dascalowitz’s crimes. Dascalowitz gave a voluntary extensive confession when he was arrested and to the best of my knowledge it was never legally disqualified. It is not clear if the information will be incorporated into the plea when entered into the records. It is important for the public to know and it will have bearing on his probation and sex registry status. If these things were not incorporated into the plea bargain, the public will lose and be needlessly endangered. The Office of the District Attorney of Charles Hynes owes the public this information. If this was not included in the plea bargain, I hope the judge will reject the deal.
Dascalowitz says he was molested by Baruch Mordechai Lebovits when he was a teen. He should testify against Lebovits as a condition of the agreement. Though the acts are most likely past the statute of limitations, he could corroborate the main witness. This is important both to improve the odds of a conviction and to educate the public. Again, I have no idea if this was required though I suspect not. If so, I hope the judge will reject the plea bargain.
The victim and his family were subjected to horrendous intimidation and harassment. To date I am not aware of a single thing that the DA has done to prosecute the harassers and intimidators. In London, four people have already been charged with “perverting the course of justice” in the case against Chaim Halpern. Yet the Brooklyn DA has only acted against the henchmen trying to rescue Weberman. He only did it when the evidence was handed to him all signed and sealed by the then boyfriend, now husband, of the victim of Weberman.
So, while it is always good to have a serial rapist convicted, I am not yet convinced this case was handled nearly as well as it could have been by a DA who was less beholden to Hasidic power brokers, in this case, the Pupa Rebbe who is an ally of Satmar and leads the second largest Hasidic group in Williamsburg.