By Oren Yaniv (NY Daily News)
May 7, 2012
A perverted Brooklyn father who admitted Monday to sexually abusing two young children over several years will be sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
The surprise plea deal for Michael Sabo, 38, came just as his abuse and child pornography trial was set to start in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
He could have faced an "almost incalculable" sentence of up to hundreds of years if convicted by a jury for nine sex abuse and 120 child pornography charges, Justice Vincent Del Giudice told him.
The father of four, who used to work as a registered nurse, then finally copped.
He pleaded guilty to molesting a 5-year-old boy for five years starting in 2001 and to repeatedly forcing a little girl to engage in sex acts when she was between the ages 6 and 9.
"I had her perform oral sex on me," Sabo, speaking almost inaudibly and leaning on the defense table, told the judge.
"One can argue that he is a victim himself," said defense lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz, arguing that Sabo was likely a victim of sex abuse as a child.
The sordid case came to light a number of years ago, when someone saw a picture of the boy victim - clothed but tied up - on a Russian porn site and shared it with a rabbi. It took the rabbi two years to locate the child's family and they eventually identified the second victim, a source said.
In the photo, Sabo's hand is visible as well as the background of his Marine Park home. A search warrant unearthed some 120 child pornography images, about half of them videos.
"If you were with him, if you looked at him with his children, you would think, 'This is the greatest dad,'" a former friend told the News after his arrest.
The family of a third victim did not allow him to testify, leading prosecutors to drop charges relating to him. But the two other young victims - whose relatives were both close to Sabo - were set to take the stand at trial.
The judge said he wanted to spare them the trauma of testifying.