Former Yeshiva Principal Guilty Of 75 Sex Abuse Charges

Former Yeshiva Principal Guilty Of 75 Sex Abuse Charges

Emanuael Yegutkin, 33, the former principal of Elite High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, was convicted Monday morning of all 75 counts of charges that he sexually abused three boys over the course of a decade.

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

All three victims testified at the trial, which began on Oct. 18. The jury of seven men and six women deliberated most of last Thursday and on Friday morning before reaching their verdict Monday morning.

Yegutkin faces at least 30 years in jail. No sentencing date has been set.

He was arrested in January 2009 on charges of child molestation and endangering the welfare of a child. According to prosecutors, Yegutkin was a regular guest in the home of his victims after befriending their father. The abuse took place from 1996 to 2005, when the two boys were ages 7 to 15, and in 2008, he exposed the third boy to pornography. He forced them to perform sex acts including fondling and oral sex, prosecutors Rachel Schmidt and Lauren Traum convinced the jury.

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