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Kenneth P. Thompson

District Attorney
Kings County

June 22, 2016

COMMUNITY PARTNER IN JUSTICE NOTIFICATION

NYPD Officer Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing a Child

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a New York City Police Department Officer has been convicted for sexually abusing a young girl for nearly three years, starting when she was 10 years old.

According to trial testimony, the defendant, Jacob Sabbagh, 34, of Midwood, was a family friend of the victim and would sleep over at the victim’s home in Flatbush approximately every month. The investigation revealed that on each of these visits between June 2005 and March 2008, the defendant repeatedly groped and fondled the victim and occasionally forced her to reciprocate. The defendant joined the police force in 2009.

The abuse began when the victim was 10 and continued until she turned 13. She and her family moved out of the country and, when she was 16, the victim told her mother about the past abuse.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This is a disturbing case where a young child was sexually abused and repeatedly violated by a family friend — now a police officer — whom she should have been able to trust. The victim had the courage to speak out against the abuser and we will now see that he is punished.”

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Read the full press release here.