Monsey Sex Offender Ordered To Stay Away From Upstate Summer Camp After Trespass Charge

By Steve Lieberman (The Journal News)
August 17, 2012

A 31-year-old Monsey sex offender has been ordered to steer clear of an Orthodox Jewish summer camp after state troopers charged the delivery man with trespassing by entering the boys bunk house, police said Friday.

Troopers contend Yoel Oberlander went inside the boys’ dormitory at about 5 a.m. Aug. 8 after delivering kosher milk to the camp, Capt Joseph Tripodo said.

The troopers in Liberty in Sullivan County received a referral from the New York State child abuse registry at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 9 of the incident at Camp Shalva, he said.

The troopers investigated and charged Oberlander with second-degree criminal trespass, accusing him of being in the dorms, where boys ages 13 and 14 reside, without authorization, Tripodo said.

“The investigation found no evidence of sexual abuse or child abuse,” Tripodo said.

Oberlander works as a driver for Golden Taste, a food business on Roosevelt Avenue in Spring Valley. He lives at 30 W. Maple Ave., according to the state registry of sex offenders.

A woman answering the telephone at the business declined to take a message for the owner, Raphael Permore, but said to call him in the middle of next week. Oberlander could not be reached for comment.

Troopers were called to Camp Shalva in the Sullivan County town of Thompson on Aug. 9 for a report of a man spotted in areas of the camp where he wasn’t authorized to be.

Oberlander was arrested at the state police barracks in Liberty after being made aware of the pending criminal charges against him, police said.

Fallsburg Justice Robert Scheinman remanded Oberlanded to the Sullivan County jail in lieu of $5,500 bail. The judge and Oberlander signed an order of protection on behalf of the campers that prohibits Oberlander from returning to the property or contacting any residents, police said.

Oberlander has been convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl on Nov. 27, 2002, and is classified as a level 2 sex offender, considered a moderate risk to re-offend.

He was sentenced to six years probation on his guilty plea to second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. His probation ended in 2008.

Oberlander was charged in 2009 with a misdemeanor because he was living near a school and a park in violation of a 2007 county law restricting where offenders could live or be near.

He and another offender challenged the constitutionality of the law. The law was thrown out by the state Supreme Court Justice William A. Kelly and the charged against him dismissed.