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Under Arrest: Sex offender Busted after Sneaking in where Orthodox Jewish Kids were Sleeping at Camp Shalva

Registered sex offender, Yoel Oberlander, 31, of Monsey,was charged with trespassing Aug. 8 at Camp Shalva in South Fallsburg between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Oberlander, a truck driver employed by the Golden Taste kosher-food company, was arrested yesterday– a week after he was caught by cameras sneaking into buildings where kids were sleeping, state police said.

“He knowingly entered and unlawfully remained in the bunk, the sleeping quarters of the boys,” said State Police Capt. Joseph Tripodo.

Tripodo said an investigation found “no allegation of sexual abuse.”

E. David Scharf, a spokesman for the camp, said Oberlander was seen on security video in the halls “going in and out of the sleeping quarters. with not enough time to commit an act of molestation.”Survivors for Justice, an advocacy group. first alerted police early Thursday after receiving reports that boys were touched by an intruder, and told not to call their parents.Camp directors waited about 35 hours before calling a criminal lawyer, who advised them to alert authorities.

Oberlander was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in Rockland County in 2002. In 2008, he unsuccessfully challenged a Rockland County law that limited where sex offenders could live.

He was being held yesterday in the Sullivan County jail on $5,500 bail.

“An immediate report would have protected kids in other camps where this driver was making deliveries that day and the next,” complained SFJ spokesman Ben Hirsch. “We hope the children were not pressured into changing their stories.”

Source: The NY Post
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One Response to Under Arrest: Sex offender Busted after Sneaking in where Orthodox Jewish Kids were Sleeping at Camp Shalva

  1. evi

    August 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    THE KEY SHOULD BE THROWN AWAY FOR THIS MAN”S CELL> IN
    JUST A LITTLE OVER ONE YEAR AGO A CHILD WAS KILLED.DO WE HAVE TO LOSE ANOTHER INNOCENT BEFORE STRONGER MEASURES ARE TAKEN.

    I am not an advocate of vigilante justice but i feel very strongly about CRIMES OF ANY KIND AGAINST ALL CHILDREN !!!!!