Orthodox Jews Slam Hynes' Sex-Abuse Policy

By Reuven Fenton and Chuck Bennett
New York Post
June 11, 2012

Angry members of the city's ultra Orthodox Jewish community heckled Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes yesterday over his handling of sex-abuse cases in their insular community.

Hynes has been criticized over his controversial decision to not name accused sex offenders from Brooklyn's Orthodox community in a bid to encourage victims to come forward.

He said since he started his program in 2009, more than 130 victims have reached out to his office because the alleged abuser's name is kept confidential.

"I have no plans to change that policy," he said, because it's working.

One man in the 100-person audience shouted, "Not true! Not true! Your policy is failing!" as others murmured agreement.

"My policy is succeeding!" Hynes fired back.

Since 2009, 100 of 5,389 sex-cases prosecuted in Brooklyn have involved Orthodox Jews, his office said.


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