Victim’s parents ceased cooperating after the pre-teen’s therapist notified the NYPD and the Child Abuse Squad launched an investigation leading to the arrest of David Teitelbaum
An 18-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for repeatedly raping a pre-teen member of his extended family, police sources said Monday. The abuse came to light after the pre-teen’s therapist notified the NYPD and the Child Abuse Squad launched an investigation.
Police arrested David Teitelbaum late Sunday.
However, the victim’s parents have stopped cooperating with police, fearful of the shame the incident will cause the family. A source familiar with the case revealed: “The guy rapes their daughter and they’re protecting him, Unbelievable!” said the source.
“I can’t even imagine how angry I’d be if it was my daughter.”
The girl, whose age and relationship to the victim are being withheld to protect her identity, was attacked several times over the course of a week during October inside the suspect’s Williamsburg apartment, sources said.
At some point the girl told her mother the suspect had touched her inappropriately, sources said. The parents sent the child to therapy, sources said. During a talk with her therapist she revealed that she had been raped.
The therapist notified the NYPD prompting the Child Abuse Squad to launch an investigation. Ultimately, the suspect was arrested and charged on Nov 12.
Teitelbaum, who has no previous arrest record, was charged with rape, sex abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17.
He was awaiting arraignment Monday.