Ar­rested in B’klyn rape of young kin

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Christina Car­rega and Rocco Paras­can­dola

AN 18-YEAR-OLD Brooklyn man raped a pre­teen mem­ber of his ex­tended fam­ily, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

Po­lice ar­rested David Teit­el­baum late Sun­day and charged him with rape, sex abuse and act­ing in a man­ner in­ju­ri­ous to a child younger than 17. He was ar­raigned and re­leased Mon­day on $15,000 bail.

Teit­el­baum’s de­fense at­tor­ney de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions.

“He’s a full-time stu­dent,” said lawyer Is­rael Friend. “And from what I was told, the com­plain­ing wit­ness’ mom doesn’t want to go for­ward with the charges.”

A source fa­mil­iar with the case also said the vic­tim’s par­ents stopped co­op­er­at­ing with po­lice, fear­ful of the shame the in­ci­dent will cause the fam­ily.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Teit­el­baum was 17 at the time of the al­leged rape a year ago.

The al­leged at­tack oc­curred dur­ing a hol­i­day while the two fam­i­lies were vis­it­ing. Pros­e­cu­tors said Teit­el­baum pulled his pants down to ex­pose him­self to the girl and then pen­e­trated her.

In an­other al­leged at­tack, Teit­el­baum touched the girl over her skirt, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

Au­thor­i­ties said the girl told her mother and later told a ther­a­pist. The ther­a­pist only no­ti­fied po­lice last month upon learn­ing the two fam­i­lies would be get­ting to­gether again for the hol­i­days. The girl’s age and re­la­tion­ship to Teit­el­baum are be­ing with­held to pro­tect her iden­tity.

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