Beware of Moshe Friedman: Your Stomach Will Turn After You Read the Police Report

Moshe Friedman got a sweetheart deal which kept him out of jail and off the sex offender registry when he pled guilty on February 1, 2017 to a misdemeanor charge of “child endangerment” (NY Daily News).

Some of his defenders will say he didn’t really do anything serious. Maybe he just slapped a boy who was misbehaving. But you won’t say that after you read the police report with allegations of a string of sadistic sexual tortures that led to his indictment for multiple felony acts which could have put him in prison for decades.

According to the signed and sworn police report which was the basis of his indictment: The People of the State of New York County of Kings v Moshe Friedman:

…Between September 01, 2013 … and June 06, 2014 … at … [a yeshiva in Boro Park], the defendant … on multiple incidents per month

  • Did strike the informant’s hand with defendant’s hand when informant’s hand was injured and treated with a cast
  • Did place defendant’s hand on the informant’s exposed buttocks
  • Did grab the informant’s penis,
  • Did insert the defendant’s finger into the informant’s anus
  • Did insert a banana into the informant’s anus
  • Did put the defendant’s mouth on the informant’s buttocks
  • Did place the informant’s penis inside the defendant’s mouth
  • Did bite the informant’s penis with defendant’s mouth
  • Did tie a string around the informant’s penis
  • Did shove a rag into the informant’s mouth
  • Did tie the informant’s lips shut with string
  • Did display a gun to the informant and state to the informant in sum and substance, “you’d better not tell your parents, or I’ll kill you and your family.”

The … [boy was born in] 2007.

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Moshe friedman (click on pic to enlarge)

This is a description of nine months of severe physical violence, sexual abuse, life-threatening terror, and perverse sadism which was inflicted on a six-year-old child.

And yet, no jail time and no inclusion on the sex offender registry. All this because the child was unable or unwilling to testify and because the DA probably did not beat the bushes to find other victims that might have testified.

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Arthur Aidala

The family might have been afraid to have their son to testify because they were going to be up against, Arthur Aidala., Brooklyn’s highest paid criminal defense lawyer. Aidala  got the conviction of Baruch [Mordechai] Lebovitz overturned on appeal and then got a plea deal with only a few more months of jail time. Aidala was the closest of buddies with former DA Charles Hynes and used that connection to influence DA staff.

[UPDATE-March 2, 2017. According to the NY Post, Aidala is on the Trump administration’s short list for becoming the next US Attorney for the Eastern District of NYS which includes Brooklyn.]

The current DA, Eric Gonzalez was part of the old Hynes machine. So they had to worry the fix might be in. Most Hasidim in Brooklyn assume the fix is in with the DA. Everyone in Brooklyn who pays attention to these matters know the DA is pressured by the Haredi community to go easy on orthodox sex abusers. Everyone also knows that a DA running for election or reelection, courts the Haredi block vote. And Gonzalez is running for election to the position to which he was just appointed after the death of DA Ken Thompson.

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Agudath Israel VP R. Zwiebel & Bkln DA Eric Gonzalez

The family may also have been worried that Aidala would earn his high fees by brutalizing the child if he went on the stand.

In all likelihood, the family may have been intimidated by their Haredi community into going easy on Moshe Friedman. Shamefully, most of the community still believes that keeping a fellow Jew out of jail is important even if he is known to be a child molester.

So at the end of the day they settled for a misdemeanor of child endangerment which isn’t even explicitly about sexual abuse. But have no doubt about the basis of the conviction. Look at the probation terms for the next three years (Daily News). Moshe Friedman must:

  • Surrender his Department of Education teaching license
  • Never contact the victim or be around anyone under the age of 18
  • Not speak to other sex offenders
  • Not watch pornography
  • Not make calls to phone-sex services
  • Not use the computer to view sexual material

Incredibly there isn’t even a requirement for psychological treatment on a continuing basis.

scales of justice and childAt the end of the day I say NO THANK YOU to

  • The Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and his head of sex crimes, Miss Gregory.
  • The Haredi community that intimidates victims
  • Agudah and any rabbi who claims you need a rabbi to decide whether sex crimes should be reported to the police
  • Those who funded the lawyer at ~$800 an hour
  • Shomrim which will not publicize the danger posed by Friedman
  • Every Haredi askan who leans on the DA to go easy on Haredim who abuse their children

I know that I wouldn’t let him anywhere near children and I would want other parents to be warned. That is why almost anyone knowing these facts would want him on the sex offender registry. But since he isn’t, folks will have to spread the word on their own.

ACTION CALLS

7rl6rwwn2If you know of other criminal acts by Moshe Friedman share this information with the sex crimes unit (aka Special Victims Unit of the NYPD @ (718) 2304416) even if they happened in another jurisdiction or they are past the statute of limitations, or you are not personally willing to pursue prosecution. Any additional information could help lead to an additional conviction, or to the alteration of the terms of probation, or to his imprisonment for violating the terms of his probation. If they happened in another jurisdiction contact the sex crimes unit in that jurisdiction. If they involved crossing state or international lines in any manner, contact the FBI.

If you know the whereabouts of Moshe Friedman or the organizations in which he is involved please share them with me. You can leave a comment on this post. If you request, the comment will never be seen by anyone else. Just be sure to leave an accurate email address, or another method by which I can reach you such as a phone number, a FaceBook account, or a Twitter handle.

See also: Indicted Alleged Child Molester, Moshe Friedman- We Know How He Looksndicted Alleged Child Molester, Moshe Friedman- We Know How He Looks

Hat Tips

  • Eric Aiken who first brought this case to my attention and first reported it in “The List” of orthodox sex offenders on his website, Protect Jewish  Kids.
  • Christina Carrega who covered this story in the Daily News.
  • Others who prefer to remain unnamed but helped bring this story to light or assisted me in developing the components of this post.
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27 thoughts on “Beware of Moshe Friedman: Your Stomach Will Turn After You Read the Police Report

  1. Can this matter be forwarded to FBI re: kidnapping, unlawful detention, violation of child’s civil rights? There must be an advocacy agency who will bring this to FBI’s attention?

    • I don’t know But it would require a willing complainant who could be counted on to go to trial. The trick is less finding the criminal than finding a victim who will fully cooperate with prosecution. Hence my call at the end of my article for folks to step forward with info.

  2. “Not watch pornography
    Not make calls to phone-sex services
    Not use the computer to view sexual material”

    Absolutely idiotic restrictions that are likely to lead to more sexual crimes. If you take away the individuals non-harmful sexual outlets he will be more likely to continue to pursue harmful ones.

    I can’t understand the reasoning behind this.

    If I were the judge I’d order him to masturbate to porn or phone-sex-hotlines once daily so he doesn’t go around horny all the time.

    Can anyone explain this?

    • Hal:
      I understand why you believe what you’ve written, on the face of it, it is logical.
      HOWEVER:
      Pedophilia is an illness, compulsive illness. Pedophiles who receive hormones to block their testosterone, or even, even are castrated (that is the gonads, the hormone producing part of the male genitalia, not the phallus), still will seek all opportunities to molest, with or without testosterone.
      I know that this is not intuitive, but it is a fact.

    • You think this way because you are a person with normal sexuality. In the same way that your sexuality is completely subsumed in interest for normal sexual partners, a person with sadistic and pedophilic tendencies sexuality is completely subsumed to their own interests.

      Assuming you are heterosexual, if you hear sexual stories, your fantasies wander to women, regardless of what the story is about. If you were to read insest porn, for example, you would not begin thinking of your own siste, but imagine performing the acts with a normal sexual partner.

      With a pedophile, were he to read porn about normal sexuality, he would imagine the same with a child.

      And these people don’t have the ability to effectively seperate between fantasy and reality, hence the antisocial behavior.

  3. You can be sure he will violate one or many of these rules. For one, he will violate being around under 18 year olds because he most likely go to shul at some point. Which shul does not have anyone under 18?

  4. Sorry about this but I know this case personally and I believe you do a very good job but this case personally this guy is hundred percent innocent police report reports what the father says happened this guy didn’t touch this child they changed the case again and again it’s a shame this person went through this hell and your right. the police report looks bad but this is again what the father quoted the only place the moshe had a connection with the child was the middle of Bobover cheder and there are cameras all over that’s why they had to change the story again and again and again the story was framed on this guy my believe is that they framed him to cover somebody else

    • Your comment does not explain why he would accept a plea deal which includes not interacting with anyone under 18 over the next 3 years, as well as the other conditions. Sorry, but I have heard from contacts in Bobov that they were unpset as soon as they learned about it, believed the allegations, fired him, and banned him from their beis medrish. I am surpised to hear that Sarvosh and Bostoner are OK with him.

      • He accepted the plea deal because it was cheaper and he wanted to move on with his life.
        You can’t have it al ways. If he was found innocent, you would say he’s guilty. If he pleads guilty, he’s obviously guilty. So when is he innocent?

        • He had the most expensive criminal defense attorney in Brooklyn. Yet he not only pleaded guilty but accepted probation terms that are very limiting such as no contact with any child under 18 for the next 3 years. Come on!

          Remember, the burden of proof is on the district attorney. IT is against the law for the DA to pursue the case if they do not believe the defendant is guilty.

          Also, the Brooklyn DA goes out of its way to avoid upsetting Haredim because they are a ton of votes in the primary. & in Democratic Brooklyn, winning the primary pretty much guarantess winning the election. Face it, your guy sure seems to be guilty.

          • When he pleaded guilty, these terms weren’t on the table.
            They were added on by the judge after he pleaded guilty, at the insistence of the prosecutors office just so that the DA can save face.

            • Come on. He had the best criminal defense lawyer in Brooklyn. They worked out all the deal in advance including the allocution, the reciting of the facts on which the punishment was based. A probation department sentencing recommendation was prepared along with similar memos by the defense and the prosecution. All those facts were factored into the sentence. Everybody saw each others memos.

              I would say Haratzachtah vigom yerashtah: Will you get away with murder and then complain about the probation terms. He already got a metziah. Based on the charges he should sit in prison for decades.

            • Edit:
              In your response, you write:
              “They worked out all the deal in advance including the allocution, the reciting of the facts on which the punishment was based”

              Sorry to say, that’s factually incorrect.
              The probation terms were a late minute add on, submitted at the court-on the day of sentencing.

            • Have you actually seen the text of the prosecution’s sentencing memo and the probation department’s pre-sentencing report? Both of those have to be provided to the judge and defense some days before the sentencing. Additionally, have you a copy of the allocution during the plea bargain. This is Q&A that must preceede a sentence. They always include some specifics of the crime to which the party pleads guilty. Judges are quite fussy about them because if not done properly, the plea can be withdrawn and the entire conviction can then be overturned.

              If so, please share them so we can assess your claim.

              As my long-time readers can confirm, I always am always willing to issue corrections and apologies when I make mistakes.

            • I have seen them.
              I’m not sure what the gain will be by providing them to you.
              You’ll look at him as a child molester anyway.
              As will most of your readers.

    • Gershon Himel:
      Re: “I know this case personally”
      Even with a generous “dan l’kaf zechut” afilu (that is YOU) that you have no axe to grind,
      all that being said, you have just testified ONLY that you were never present as a witness, when any of the multiple molestations occurred.
      That is best case, interpretation of “I know this case personally”.
      Only two people “know this case personally”–
      the offender, (aka molester, no “alleged” adjective necessary) and the victim.

        • He was convicted. He pled guilty. Every fact I cited from the police department, even you agree was in the police report. The details reported on the terms of probation were stated in open court and recorded by the Daily News. Alleged is the term for someone arrested or indicted pending trial or a plea bargain or a dismissal. Which of my statements is merely an allegation not supported by the records in this case?

          • He was convicted of a non sexual offence.
            Regardless, I was asking the previous poster for this:

            “when any of the multiple molestations occurred.
            That is best case, interpretation of “I know this case personally”.
            Only two people “know this case personally”–
            the offender, (aka molester, no “alleged” adjective necessary) and the victim.”

            Saying he’s a child molester is libel.

            • Since those allegations were not upheld in court, and he is not under investigation by any law enforcement agency at this time,
              It’s libel at this point to lable him a child molester.

            • You are repeating yourself. Your points were already addressed. I will delete new comments unless they raise new points or speak to responses to your previous points

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