Capturing the Friedmans

Sensational ’80s L.I. Abuse Case Getting Fresh Look

New evidence coming to light suggesting Jesse Friedman’s innocence.

07/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In 1987, a heavily Jewish Long Island community was roiled by horrific allegations that seemingly innocent after-school computer classes had in fact been the nightmarish scene of repeated acts of violent, mass sexual abuse against children. The case, which became the subject of a 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary, shattered the façade of affluent suburban Jewish life and sent a father and son to prison for years.

The Friedman family in the ’80s, bottom, and Jesse Friedman today. “I am fighting because I am innocent,” he says.
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