By Kerry Burke and Rocco Parascandola (NY Daily News)
January 20, 2013
A Brooklyn yeshiva leader was arrested late Wednesday night on a dozen sex abuse charges involving three teenage boys, cops said.
Yoel Malik, 33, of Brooklyn had sex with one of the teens and rubbed his hand on two others, a police source said.
The teens were 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged incidents. The sexual intercourse assault on the one boy took place in a hotel, a cop source said, adding another victim fled a different hotel after Malik started rubbing his back.
The third teen was in the suspect’s car, en route to school, when Malik allegedly rubbed the boy’s groin through his pants.
“This is vicious gossip,” Malik’s visibly shaken wife, Rachel, said at the family’s home while her husband was being questioned at the 79th Precinct stationhouse, prior to being charged. “He’s a good man. I don’t know what to say. I hope it’s not true.”
In addition to the 12 counts of sexual abuse, Malik is charged with 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of criminal sexual act and one count of forcible touching.
He was arrested at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. No timeframe was available for the alleged attacks on the teens.The unidentified yeshiva is currently not in operation because of a financial issue.
Police learned of the victims from an anonymous caller to a rape hotline.