“The politically connected Shomrim leader accused of repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl implicated himself in a recorded phone call with his victim, prosecutors revealed Friday.
Jacob “Yanky” Daskal, 59, who helped found the neighborhood Boro Park Shomrim patrol group some 30 years ago, knew his victim prior to the alleged attacks, prosecutors said.
The major campaign donor pleaded not guilty at his Friday arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court and quickly posted $75,000 bond.
At the brief hearing, prosecutors said they set up and recorded a phone call earlier this week between Daskal and the young girl he is accused of sexually abusing in the Borough Park home he shares with his wife and family.
“There was a controlled phone call,” said Assistant District Attorney Kevin O’Donnell.
O’Donnell did not describe the call or elaborate on Daskal’s relationship with the girl, except to say “the parties are known to each other.”
The prosecutor also did not say how the shocking rape allegations surfaced. But a law enforcement source told The Post Friday that the girl had made the allegations to a therapist, who alerted police.
A grand jury has indicted Daskal on two felony charges of rape in the third degree for allegedly having sex with a victim under the age of 17.
Those charges alone carry a mandatory minimum sentence of one to four years in prison.
He is additionally facing four counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree, six counts of sexual misconduct, six counts of sexual abuse in the third degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the indictment, the sex offenses occurred at Daskal’s 46th Street home between August and October 2017.
Daskal was handcuffed and remained silent, with head bowed, as his lawyer, Evan Lipton, entered his plea. Daskal looked disheveled as he stood before the judge after a night in custody. His black suit was rumpled and his yarmulke was slightly askew.
“Understand,” he answered in a clear, strong voice.He was asked by Justice Deborah Dowling if he understood that he cannot obtain a new passport while he remains free on bail.
The prosecutor also said that the DA’s Office is ready for trial.
The judge set Daskal’s next court date for June 28.
“Will I get my phones back?” Daskal could be heard asking his lawyer as he left court.
“No,” Lipton answered. “Your phones have been seized.”
Six women and two men sat together at the arraignment, leaving with Daskal.
Detectives from the NYPD Crime Scene Unit spent much of the afternoon searching Daskal’s home and electronics for incriminating communications, photos and videos.
“He is a good man; surely this is not true!” said a shocked neighbor, an older man.
Daskal for years donated thousands of dollars to local political campaigns, including those of ex-state Sen. Malcolm Smith, Sen. Simcha Felder and retiring Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who on Friday told The Post, “Everybody is in shock and disbelief.”
Sources also say Daskal’s deep connections with Shomrim and the local 66th Precinct made him a sometimes intimidating neighborhood figure.
Shomrim has been embroiled in an NYPD gun-permit-fixing scandal. Daskal was not charged, but another Shomrim leader, businessman Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for bribing cops $1,000 for permits he would then resell for $18,000 each.”
New York Jewish Leader Charged With Raping 15-Year Old Girl
“The politically connected president of the Boro Park Shomrim safety patrol was arrested on charges that he repeatedly raped a 15-year-old girl inside his Brooklyn home, police said Thursday.
Jacob “Yanky” Daskal, 59, a major donor to multiple campaigns, was picked up at about 12:30 p.m. at his home on 46th Street, where he allegedly attacked the teen between August and November 2017, police said.
Investigators are probing whether the abuse lasted longer, according to sources.
Insiders say Daskal has friends in high places and claim his political largesse got him in tight with elected officials.
“He’s a well-connected guy. In Borough Park, he’s a big deal — a macher,” or important person, said one insider who requested anonymity, noting that Daskal is particularly close to retiring Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
“It comes a complete shock. This is nuts. Yanky Daskal has grandkids.”
Campaign-finance records show he wasn’t afraid to splash cash for his favorite political causes.
He dropped $1,000 on Mayor de Blasio’s 2009 public-advocate bid and has given nearly $9,300 to Hikind since 2004, according to state campaign-finance records listing his name and Borough Park address.
He tossed $1,000 to corrupt former state Sen. Malcolm Smith in 2008 and has lavished a little over $4,500 into state Sen. Simcha Felder’s campaign coffers since 2007, the records show.
Someone named Jacob Daskal also gave $250 to de Blasio’s 2003 City Council campaign, according to city records listing a name but no address.
Meanwhile, pols were funneling cash into the Boro Park Shomrim volunteer safety group over which he presided.
The organization reaped $425,708 in eight city contracts alone between 2010 and 2015, according to Politico New York.
City records indicate Daskal works as a principal at G & J Realty.
The company is registered to Daskal’s 46th Street address, state business records show.
Daskal is being charged with felony third-degree rape, as well as forcible touching, sex abuse, criminal sex act and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, police said.
Neighbors were surprised, though not all had glowing things to say about him.
“He isn’t nice. He puts his garbage on my sidewalk and leaves it out. Nasty man,” said one who asked not to be identified.
A woman who answered the intercom at Daskal’s home declined to comment.
Hikind and the Boro Park Shomrim did not return a request for comment.
The Boro Park Shomrim has been embroiled in an NYPD gun-permit-fixing scandal with tendrils that reached police brass and two de Blasio donors, although Daskal has not been charged in that case.”