NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The founder of the anti-crime Borough Park Shomrim Society has been arrested and charged with raping a 15-year-old girl he took into his home in Brooklyn, prosecutors said Thursday.
Jacob Daskal, 62, was arrested and charged with coercing a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said.
Daskal, who founded the Borough Park Shomrim Society — a private, Brooklyn-based Hasidic anti-crime patrol unit — took a 15-year-old girl into his home in Brooklyn in 2017, where he “groomed her for sex," prosecutors said in a release.
That summer, Daskal had “sexual relations” with the girl at his Brooklyn home and at his summer home in South Fallsburg in Sullivan County, prosecutors said. Daskal was chief of the patrol unit at the time, the DA's office said.
When the girl moved to Chicago to live with another family in October 2017, Daskal kept in touch with her via texts and Skype video chat, according to prosecutors.
Daskal not only asked the girl to pose nude during their Skype chats, but also had her send him nude photographs, the attorney’s office said.
In November 2017, he flew to Chicago, where he had sex with the girl inside a hotel room he booked, prosecutors said.
“As alleged, Daskal, who was almost 60 years old when these crimes were committed, exploited the vulnerability of a young teenager by grooming her for sex and enticing her into having sexual relations with him,” Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement.
“Protecting underage minors from flagrant sexual abuse and predators like the defendant will always be a high priority of this office and the Department of Justice,” he added.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office charged Daskal for the same crimes Thursday’s federal case alleges back in 2018, the Daily News reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday whether the Brooklyn DA would continue to pursue its case against Daskal, according to the outlet.
His attorney information wasn’t immediately available Thursday.