By James King (The Village Voice)
December 4, 2012
A former principal at a Jewish High School in Brooklyn could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison after getting convicted yesterday on 75 counts of sex-with-a-kid-related crimes.
The jury in the case against Emanuel Yegutkin found that the former principal at Elite High School in Bensonhurst repeatedly sexually abused three young boys over a 10-year period, starting in 1996.
None of 33-year-old Yegutkin's victims were students at the school where he was employed until his 2009 arrest -- authorities say he met the boys after befriending their father and getting close with their family.
Yegutkin was frequently invited to the family's Friday night shabbat dinners, where he had access to the three brothers.
"He would touch me under the table," one of the boys testified at trial. "I wasn't taught about sexuality so I wasn't sure if it was right or wrong."
Yegutkin began sexually abusing two of the boys in 1996, when they were just 7 years old. The abuse went on until they were 15, and included oral sex and fondling.
The third victim's abuse began in 2008, when Yegutkin exposed the boy to pornography.
"This violent sexual predator faces the remainder of his life behind bars," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes says 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 charges on which Yegutkin was convicted include course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, and multiple counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree, sexual abuse in the second degree, sexual abuse in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.
For the first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child conviction alone, Yegutkin faces up to 25 years in prison.
His sentencing is scheduled for December 17.