Boys Allegedly Sexually Abused At N.Y. Jewish Summer Camp
08/14/12
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New York State Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a truck driver making a delivery to a Jewish camp, The New York Post reported.

Surveillance video captured footage of a kosher-food truck driver entering bunks for seventh-and eighth-grade boys at Camp Shalva near South Fallsburg, N.Y., early on Aug. 8, according to the newspaper. The suspect is accused of molesting several of the campers.

Unnamed sources told the Post that the boys reported the incidents in the morning to supervisors of the Orthodox Jewish camp but were told not to tell their parents.

The 5 Towns Jewish Times reported that the alleged intruder is Golden Taste employee Yoel Oberlander, a convicted molester and registered sex offender from Monsey, N.Y., who pleaded guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl in 2002. He was sentenced to six years of probation.

Stephen Lungen, a criminal defense lawyer and former Sullivan County prosecutor, told the Post that he was contacted at approximately 3 p.m. Aug. 11 by frantic camp administrators asking what to do about the allegations.

“They were very upset and concerned about how to deal with it,” Lungen said, adding that he put them in touch with the district attorney and State Police.

The Times Herald-Record reported that a state investigator said no information was available on Monday.

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08/16/2012 - 04:53

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Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes at Camp Shalva, will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others.

Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,) is the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

Criminal defense lawyer? It sounds like they were more concerned about their liability than for the kids, especially when added to the fact that the children were told not to tell their parents. Sounds like the camp was part of a coverup!

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