(Repost of 9/12/12 which I updated today to incorporate NCSY, Baruch Lanner, Richard (Rick or Ricky) Andron and the George Washington Bridge.)
I have said many insulting things about New Jersey over the years. I take them all back. When a menuval from Brooklyn takes a child to or through New Jersey to sexually abuse him or her it becomes an interstate federal crime. Now the victim can approach the FBI and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) will prosecute the case. All of us in the advocacy community are impressed by the Feds’ honesty and competence in investigating and prosecuting cases. Thanks to the Feds, Yisroel Moshe Weingarten will probably be taken away from jail by the chevrah kadishah (burial society).
The feds also came to the rescue after a lenient sentence for former Ohel Children’s Home employee Andrew Goodman. According to the New York Post
A Brooklyn child molester who was recently given a two-year prison sentence by a judge in a shocking sweetheart deal was smacked today with federal charges that could lock him up for life.
Unrepentant perv Andrew Goodman — who creepily told his trembling teen-age victim “I love you” at his July 12 sentencing before state Supreme Court Justice Martin Murphy — was charged by the feds with having sex with the same boy in a New Jersey hotel room in 2010, then taking him to a Kid Rock concert in Atlantic City.
If convicted of transporting a minor in interstate commerce to engage in sexual activity, Goodman will serve a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and could face up to a life sentence.
“It is an incredibly serious charge,” said Assistant US Attorney Tyler Smith. “The case against the defendant is also incredibly strong.”
So I say, “Thank you New Jersey, and thank you Hudson River.” When a molester takes a child from Brooklyn to upstate New York he usually crosses the Hudson into New Jersey through one of the bridges or tunnels out of NYC instead of taking the slow route through the Bronx and the Tappan Zee Bridge.
If anyone abused in NCSY by Baruch Lanner, or as recently alleged, by Richard Andron, was taken over the George Washington Bridge between Washinton Heights (or any other part of NYS) to New Jersey or back, or on any other interstate route, the same applies. Lanner’s Etz Chayim region (where Andron seems to have roamed till 1983 or later) extended across the boundaries of NYS, NJ, and Pennsylvania. (I would love definitive information on its boundaries. For all I know it may have covered other states as well).
Even if the abuser did not do the transporting, if they can be connected to the planning or scheduling they may also be criminally responsible.
If you or anyone you know was taken across state or international lines for sex abuse please contact the FBI.Phone: (212) 384-1000 Fax: (212) 384-4073 / 4074 E-mail: email@example.com