Sunday, January 02, 2005

Perversion of Justice: Rabbi Edgar Gluck demonstrates how sexual abuse/rape complaints are all too often dealt with by rabbinical leaders

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At 12:10 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Justice Brooklyn style.

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SAFIR URGED TO NIX SEX RAP VS. COPS
by John Marzulli
New York Daily News
February 1, 1999

A police official has recommended that two cops be cleared of departmental charges in the alleged 1994 sexual assault of a Hasidic teen in Brooklyn, officials said yesterday.

Deputy Police Commissioner for Trials Rae Koshetz found Officers Marcus Williams and Christopher Condon not guilty of the charges.

But Police Commissioner Howard Safir has final say on the cops' fate.

Internal Affairs Bureau investigators did not learn of the alleged December 1994 attack until more than two years later, when a cop who was fired for unrelated misconduct accused fellow officers of covering up the incident. The Brooklyn district attorney's office presented the case to a grand jury, which failed to indict the cops.

During the department trial, the accuser, who was 17 when the alleged attack occurred, said she did not report the incident to police. However, she claimed to have told Edgar Gluck, a prominent Brooklyn rabbi, about the attack several months after it allegedly happened and that Gluck informed police.



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NO PROBE OF SEX ATTACK BY COP, SHE SEZ
by JOHN MARZULLI
New York Daily News
January 26, 1999

A Hasidic woman allegedly sodomized by a cop in the back of a radio car testified yesterday that she told a rabbi and a high- ranking police official about the attack but there was no investigation.

The Internal Affairs Bureau did not learn of the December 1994 incident until more than two years later, when a cop reported the alleged coverup after he was fired for unrelated misconduct.

The NYPD is seeking to fire Officers Marcus Williams and Christopher Condon for the alleged sex attack on a dead-end street in the Borough Park section. The Brooklyn district attorney declined to prosecute the case.

The woman, who was 17 at the time, spoke yesterday at the cops' department trial. She said Williams forced her to perform a sex act in the back of a radio car while Condon whom she had dated acted "oblivious."

Dressed in a black jacket and black skirt with a gold Star of David hanging around her neck, the woman said she told her boss what had happened the next day.

Several months later, the woman told Rabbi Edgar Gluck, a prominent Brooklyn rabbi, about the attack. He told her he spoke to the captain and a lieutenant at the 66th Precinct, who wanted to speak to her, she said.

The woman, whose name is being withheld by the Daily News, said she told the precinct's integrity officer "everything that occurred."

The cops were transferred out of the 66th Precinct several days later.

When IAB learned of the case and interviewed Gluck, he told investigators he did not recall whom he spoke to at the precinct.

Lawyers for the cops tried to debunk the woman's statement that she did not report the attack because she feared becoming an outcast in the Hasidic community. They noted that her diary revealed she went to the Limelight disco the night after she told her story to the rabbi.

"The fact that you liked to drink, liked to smoke and liked to date non-Jewish men, you were rebelling against what you had been brought up to accept," said attorney Stuart London.

The woman, who has filed a $100 million federal lawsuit against the city, described herself as an Orthodox Jew. Her parents are divorced, and she dropped out of a Hasidic yeshiva in the 11th grade.

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ONE POLICE PLAZA / Confidential / The Man With The Plans?
by Leonard Levitt - STAFF WRITER
Newsday - Queens
February 1, 1999
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The Fixer. Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rae Koshetz' decision Friday absolving two cops in the 1994 alleged rape and sodomy of a Hasidic woman made passing mention of Rabbi Edgar Gluck, one of a sprinkling of Hasidic rabbis believed by cops to wield inordinate and insidious influence within Brooklyn's 66th Precinct.

Gluck is perhaps best known for his relationship with former Chief of Department Robert Johnston and the perception that he facilitated Johnston's rise in the 1980s under Mayor Edward I. Koch. He also led the Hasidic mob that took over the 66th Precinct over a perceived religious slight in the early days of the Koch administration, leading to the precinct's nom de guerre, "Fort Surrender." (The mob dispersed after former First Deputy Commissioner William Devine literally threw Gluck out the door.)

Although Gluck's influence has mercifully waned, he is still meddlesome. It was Gluck who in May, 1995, brought the Hasidic woman's rape and sodomy tale to 66th Precinct commander Sal Carcaterra. Or at least that's what Gluck told The Daily News he did. Despite the seriousness of the allegation, Carcaterra never informed the Internal Affairs Bureau. Instead, his integrity control officer, Lt. Jerry DiBlasio, transferred the two cops for what First Deputy Commissioner Patrick Kelleher described last week as "unrelated reasons." (Give us break, Pat.)

When IAB learned of the incident in 1997, DiBlasio had safely retired. Carcaterra had been transferred and promoted. And Gluck, who did not return a phone call, had changed his story, telling people he'd never informed Carcaterra of the incident.

Some character background:
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State police rabbi dropped in corruption probe
Associated Press Newswires
May 13, 2002

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A prominent rabbi on the state police payroll and his wife fraudulently charged the state more than $25,000 in travel and lodging expenses, according to the state inspector general's office.

Rabbi Edgar Gluck of Brooklyn was dropped from the state police payroll when the report was issued, state police spokesman Sgt. Glenn Miner said Monday. Gluck served as a special assistant and later consultant to the state police since 1984, making $40,000 a year, according to a report Monday in the New York Sun.

The findings have been referred to the state attorney general's office for further investigation. The behavior could constitute a felony, according to the inspector general's report.

The investigation began when Gluck's wife, Frieda Gluck, stayed in her Brooklyn home even after her $68,000-a-year state job as an assistant secretary was relocated to Albany. Since 1998, she proceeded to charge mileage in her Lexus and other cars as well as hotel expenses while she and her husband stayed in hotels and later in their Albany apartment, according to the state report.

Some of their fraudulent filings sought redundant reimbursement for expenses by the couple on the same trip, in the same car and in the same hotel, the report stated.

Frieda Gluck has also been fired, according to the newspaper.

Gluck responded to tragedies and other emergencies involving the Orthodox Jewish community, acting as a liaison for state police. His wife worked for the state Workers' Compensation Board.

A request for comment left at the couple's Brooklyn home wasn't immediately returned.

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EYE RABBI AND WIFE IN FRAUD
by JOE MAHONEY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
New York Daily News
May 16, 2002

ALBANY - E-ZPass records have helped expose an alleged scheme by a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife to pad their state travel expenses to the tune of more than $25,000, the state inspector general's office charged.

While employed by the state, Borough Park residents Rabbi Edgar Gluck and his wife, Frieda, allegedly submitted fraudulent records to obtain the reimbursements from mid-1998 to July 2000, the agency said.

Frieda Gluck was employed at the time as a $68,000-a-year administrator with the Workers Compensation Board, while Rabbi Gluck was under contract with the state police as a $40,000-a-year community liaison.

A review of the couple's E-ZPass records contradicted their claim that they were entitled to travel expenses because they could not have been in Albany on many of the days in question, the investigation found. Fudged figures? The probe showed much of the alleged padding was in connection with reimbursement for stays at an apartment Edgar Gluck leased in 1998 in the name of an Albany synagogue.

The Glucks were accused of submitting fictitious receipts and seeking far higher reimbursements than what they actually paid for use of the apartment.

Both Glucks have been removed from the state payroll and criminal prosecutors with state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office are examining the report with an eye toward action against the rabbi.

"We are reviewing this, and we will act accordingly," said Spitzer spokesman Darren Dopp.

The Glucks did not return calls for comment.

Rabbi Gluck helped organize a volunteer ambulance squad that responded to the World Trade Center attacks and has conducted sensitivity training for police agencies.

He had been a full-time state police liaison in former Gov. Mario Cuomo's administration but his work load was reduced after Gov. Pataki took office in 1995.

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RABBI, WIFE ACCUSED OF RIPPING OFF THE STATE
Times Union (Albany, NY)
May 14, 2002

ALBANY -- A rabbi on the State Police payroll and his wife have been accused of fraudulently charging the state more than $25,000 in travel and lodging expenses, the state inspector general's office said.Rabbi Edgar Gluck of Brooklyn was dropped from the State Police payroll when the report was issued, State Police spokesman Sgt. Glenn Miner said Monday. Gluck served as a special assistant and later consultant to the State Police since 1984, making $40,000 a year, according to a report ...
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ADMISSION MADE ON TICKET-FIXING; Former City Aide, in Earlier Hearing, Implicated Himself and Three Assemblymen 5-Count Indictment Assemblymen Named
By MORRIS KAPLAN
New York Times
December 14, 1973

John R. Fratianni, former deputy commissioner of the City Purchase Department, implicated himself and named three Brooklyn Assemblymen as among those who had tried to have almost 2,000 parking tickets fixed, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn was told yesterday.
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On another occasion, the transcript showed Mr. Fratianni gave between 25 and 30 such tickets to Anthony Atlas, then director of Parking Violations Bureau and now deputy director of the Transportation Administration.

He had received these tickets, Mr. Fratianni said, from a Rabbi Edgar Gluck, identified as the head of a Hebrew school in the Borough Park section. The tickets were issued for the illegal parking of a school bus. Rabbi Gluck, Mr. Fratianni said, also passed on 10 other tickets, which had been placed on his own car.

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

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Cops Facing Charges / Internal probe of woman's sex claim
by Graham Rayman. STAFF WRITER
Newsday - Queens
January 26, 1999

A Hasidic woman testified in a police trial yesterday that two officers forced her to perform oral sex in the back seat of a patrol car in 1994 and threatened her to stop her from filing a complaint.

The 21-year-old Borough Park woman claimed that while she was wedged between the cops in the back seat of the car Dec. 12, 1994, Officer Marcus Williams exposed himself, pulled her head into his lap and sodomized her.

The woman, at the time a 17-year-old high school student, claimed Officer Christopher Condon, with whom she had had a three-month affair, took no action to stop his partner.

"I kept asking them to let me leave," she said. "I kept asking him to stop . . . It was an eternity to me."

Lawyers for the officers charged yesterday that the woman is fabricating the incident, including the threats, although they acknowledge the prior consensual relationship with Condon. "The officers are guilty of nothing," said attorney Stuart London. "Her story is filled with inconsistencies."

Condon, 32, and Williams, 35, could lose their jobs if found guilty in the departmental trial, which continues today. Last year, a Brooklyn grand jury declined to indict the two. The woman has filed a $100-million federal lawsuit against the city.

Sgt. John Donnelly, the Internal Affairs case investigator, testified the case first came to the attention of the bureau in April, 1997, during a meeting with a disgruntled former 66th Precinct officer. The testimony suggests that despite the seriousness of the charge, police officials in the 66th Precinct made no report to Internal Affairs after they learned of the alleged misconduct in the first half of 1995.

Initially, the woman reported the incident to an influential Borough Park rabbi who spoke with ranking precinct officials, according to court testimony. He arranged a meeting between the woman and the precinct integrity officer, Jerry DiBlasio. Shortly afterward, the officers were transferred.

No other action was taken. The woman's allegations resurfaced when Donnelly tracked her down in 1997, he said. Under department rules, whether the precinct officials believed the allegation or not, they were still required to report it to IAB.

Donnelly said Deputy Insp. Salvatore Carcaterra, the 66th Precinct commanding officer, had been a target in the investigation for allegedly covering up the sexual misconduct and ordering the transfer of the officers. Carcaterra was later promoted to the Operations Division.

First Deputy Commissioner Patrick Kelleher said yesterday that Carcaterra was cleared.

The woman testified she had a relationship with Condon, having sex with him about eight times. She said the early-morning incident took place on a dead-end street near New Utrecht Avenue.

Under cross-examination, the woman could not explain why her diary shows she met with Condon three times after the incident or why she did not mention the threats in a prior interview with Internal Affairs investigators.

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Cops: Teen Fabricated Sex-Abuse Story
by Graham Rayman STAFF WRITER
Newsday - Queens
January 27, 1999

The two officers accused of sexual misconduct with a Hasidic woman in 1994 took the stand yesterday in their departmental trial and denied that the entire incident took place.

In brief answers to questions posed by their attorneys, Officers Christopher Condon and Marcus Williams disputed the woman's testimony that Williams forced her to perform oral sex in the back seat of a patrol car in December, 1994, while Condon, with whom she had had a three-month affair, looked on.

Condon and Williams, who have been re-assigned from the 66th Precinct to desk duty for 21 months, could lose their jobs if found guilty. A Brooklyn grand jury declined to indict them last year, but they and the city are facing a federal civil lawsuit filed by the woman.

Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rae Downes Koshetz said she may have a decision by the end of this week.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Stuart London contended that the woman, who was 17 at the time, could not establish the date of the incident or other key details.

"We have two officers who have been scarred by this individual," London said, calling for a quick not guilty verdict.

Sgt. Patrick Kelly, the Police Department lawyer, said the woman's story has a "ring of truth."

"She had no idea that IAB {the Internal Affairs Bureau} would show up on her doorstep," he said. "We had a 27-year-old taking advantage of a vulnerable 17-year-old at odds with her family. Who had the upper hand?"

By the end of the two-day trial yesterday, five different precinct officers and the commander had been named as having knowledge to some extent of the woman's allegations in 1995. Yet two years passed before Internal Affairs opened an investigation, based on trial testimony.

Under department rules, whether the precinct officials believed the allegation or not, they were still required to report it to Internal Affairs. But it wasn't until April, 1997, that Internal Affairs opened an investigation into the case based on allegations of a disgruntled former 66th Precinct officer, according to John Donnelly, the IAB case investigator.

Condon testified that he told his precinct commander, Deputy Insp. Salvatore Carcaterra, in 1995 that the woman was an "EDP," a police acronym for "emotionally disturbed person," often used as a derogatory term for an individual with psychological problems.

Condon said he also told two officers, who were his police union delegates, about the allegations in 1995. The precinct's integrity control officer, Jerry DiBlasio, also met with the woman at the request of an influential rabbi, according to trial testimony.

Samuel Rottenstein, a Borough Park businessman whom the woman confided in, testified that he also told an officer and a sergeant from the precinct about the allegation.

Carcaterra was subsequently promoted to the Operations Division. He was cleared in the Internal Affairs investigation, First Deputy Commissioner Patrick Kelleher said Monday.


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2 Cops Cleared of Rape / Safir has final say on judge's ruling
by Leonard Levitt. STAFF WRITER
Newsday - Queens
February 1, 1999

A police administrative judge has found two officers not guilty in the rape and sodomy of a young Hasidic woman four years ago.

In a decision issued Friday, Deputy Police Commissioner of Trials Rae Koshetz cleared officers Marcus Williams and Christopher Condon of charges that Williams forced the woman to perform oral sex in the back seat of their patrol car in December, 1994, while Condon did nothing to stop it. The Borough Park woman was 17.

Koshetz concluded that no rape occurred. Whatever did occur, Koshetz wrote, was more consistent with consensual sex.

In explaining her decision, Koshetz cited conflicts between the woman's account and her diary and the fact that she did not come forward until months later when she filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city that's still pending.

Koshetz also wrote that the teenager's diary entries included references to dating Condon, with whom she admitted having a three-month consensual sexual relationship, on two occasions after the alleged attack.

Koshetz also noted the department's failure to investigate the incident until more than two years had passed. Because of the time lapse and an 18-month statute of limitations from the time of the incident in December, 1994, the department was precluded from bringing purely noncriminal administrative charges that would have been easier to prove, such as allowing an unauthorized person in the patrol car. Instead, the charges mirrored only the more serious criminal charges before a Brooklyn grand jury, which last year declined to indict them.

Blame for the time lapse had fallen on then-66th Precinct captain Salvatore Carcaterra, who, despite the seriousness of the teenager's charge, did not inform the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Instead, Williams and Condon were transferred by the precinct's Integrity Control Officer Lt. Jerry DiBlasio in May, 1995, for what First Deputy Patrick Kelleher described last week as an "unrelated" minor offense involving being off-post.

Only through two other officers, who were also dismissed for unrelated misconduct two years later, did internal affairs learn of the teenager's charges.

Carcaterra was cleared of allegations that he had covered up the incident and subsequently was promoted from captain to deputy inspector.

In testimony last week, the woman described herself as a troubled and rebellious teenager, at odds with her father and her ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn Jewish community. She smoked, drank, went to nightclubs, sneaked out of the house when her parents were asleep and began a brief sexual relationship with Condon, fearing at one point, she said, that she was pregnant.

The officers, who denied the charges, were reassigned from the 66th Precinct to desk duty 21 months ago and faced the possibility of losing their jobs.

Koshetz' decision is a recommendation, so the officers' fate is up to Police Commissioner Howard Safir.

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rabbi" Gluck is one of the clowns who runs around Brooklyn with his unauthorized (illegal) red lights and sirens. He is a perfect example of a very corrupt man who tries to use his perceived position within the Jewish Community for his own corrupt purposes. There are a lot of other clowns doing this today too...Avi...

 

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