Former Principal of Jewish High School Convicted of Sexually Abusing 3 Boys


By Jess Wisloski (DNAinfo)
December 3, 2012

The former principal of a Jewish high school in Brooklyn was convicted Monday of molesting three boys over the course of more than 10 years, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office said.

A jury found Emanuel Yegutkin, 33, guilty of 75 counts of charges related to the abuse, including sexual conduct against a child, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Yegutkin worked at a Jewish high school in Bath Beach for nearly four years, according to his LinkedIn profile, but the victims were sons of a man who worked at a school Yegutkin had attended, the DA's office said.

From 1996 to 2005 Yegutkin abused two of the boys — one starting at the age of 7, the other starting at the age of 12 — and forced them to perform sex acts, the DA's office said.

In 2008, he exposed a third boy to pornography, the DA's office said.

From 2005 to 2009, after working as a lifeguard at a summer camp Upstate, Yetgutkin served as principal of the Elite High School in Brooklyn, a Russian-American Jewish school, according to its website. Yegutkin was arrested in 2009 and suspended from his duties at the school, according to reports.

“This violent sexual predator faces the remainder of his life behind bars," District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement. "This should serve as a clear message that those who would sexually abuse children in this county will be punished severely.”

The top charge Yegutkin faces, first-degree sexual conduct against a child, carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. He will be back in court on Dec. 17 to receive a sentencing date.