It hired a psychologist to interview residents and “determined that no OHEL client had in any way been harmed.” Goodman also worked in a group home for disabled adults run by the Women’s League Community Residences, another Jewish charity.
Hynes spokesman Jerry Schmetterer said Goodman is not charged with abuse at the nonprofits.
He looks like a movie star, but many members of Brooklyn’s Jewish community believe he is a monster.
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BROOKLYN DA’S ORTHODOX JEWISH LIAISON HELPS GUIDE FAMILIES THROUGH THE FEAR MICHAEL LESHER: THE FIGHT AGAINST INTIMIDATION MUST RAGE ON Launched amid complaints that Hynes was soft on Orthodox child predators, Kol Tzedek aims to coax victims to come forward, despite strong pressure in the insular religious community to cover up such crimes.
All but two of the suspects are men, and more than half the victims are male, said Assistant DA Rhonnie Jaus, chief of the sex abuse and crimes against children division.
Goodman’s case, which Hynes’ office hasn’t publicized, shows how the community’s response has started to change.
Rather than keeping it among the Orthodox, some alleged victims turned to sympathetic religious leaders and outside authorities to help lock up a menace.
“Andrew Goodman is known in our community as a lifelong molester who preys on young boys and ruins their lives,” a Talmudic scholar at Congregation Bais Torah wrote to Brooklyn Judge Martin Murphy, who is hearing the case.
Neighbors were shocked when Goodman, freed on ,000 bail after his arrest in July 2010, still had boys sneaking into his 15th Street home, where he lives with his parents and sister, in the middle of the night.
He used to wear a yarmulke, a source said, but in recent years “stopped being religious.” Rabbi Shea Hecht, of the Hasidic Lubavitch group, said one of Goodman’s alleged victims came to him and bared his anguish.
Hecht, who helps Hynes’ office with community relations, urged the boy to go to cops.
His tasks included helping residents go to the bathroom, change clothes and shower, officials said.