By Susan Edelman (NY Post)
August 16, 2012
A registered sex offender delivering milk to an Orthodox Jewish summer camp for Brooklyn boys was arrested yesterday -- a week after he was caught by cameras tape sneaking into buildings were kids were sleeping, state police said.
Yoel Oberlander, 31, of Monsey, was charged with trespassing Aug. 8 at Camp Shalva in South Fallsburg between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.
“He knowingly entered and unlawfully remained in the bunk, the sleeping quarters of the boys,” said State Police Capt. Joseph Tripodo.
Tripodo said an investigation found “no allegation of sexual abuse.”
Oberlander, a truck driver employed by the Golden Taste kosher-food company, was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in Rockland County in 2002.
In 2008, he unsuccessfully challenged a Rockland County law that limited where sex offenders could live.
He was being held yesterday in the Sullivan County jail on $5,500 bail.
E. David Scharf, a spokesman for the camp, said Oberlander was seen on security video in the halls “going in and out of the sleeping quarters. with not enough time to commit an act of molestation.”
Survivors for Justice, an advocacy group. first alerted police early Thursday after receiving reports that boys were touched by an intruder, and told not to call their parents.
Camp directors waited about 35 hours before calling a criminal lawyer, who advised them to alert authorities.
“An immediate report would have protected kids in other camps that this driver was making deliveries that day and the next,” said spokesman Ben Hirsch. “We hope the children were not pressured into changing their stories.”