By Josh Saul (New York Post)
December 3, 2012
The principal of a Brooklyn yeshiva was convicted today of sexually abusing three young brothers, authorities said.
Emanuel Yegutkin, 33, abused the boys after he became close friends with their father and was invited regularly to Friday night shabbat dinners, the meal that marks the start of the weekly Jewish day of rest.
The abuse began when two of the boys were just 7 years old, according to the Brooklyn District attorney’s office.
“He would touch me under the table,” one of the brothers testified last month. “I wasn’t taught about sexuality so I wasn’t sure if it was right or wrong.”
When the jury returned the verdict, Yegutkin was immediately taken into custody and his wife began to cry.
He faces up to 25 years in prison on the top charge alone.
“This violent sexual predator faces the remainder of his life behind bars,” said DA Charles Hynes. “This should serve as a clear message that those who would sexually abuse children in this country will be punished severely.”