Assemblyman Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to drop all charges against his constituent Sam Kellner.

Kellner, a father who reported his son’s allegations of child abuse against Boruch Lebovitz in 2010, was in turn accused by Lebovitz’s son of bribing and extorting witnesses. But recent revelations indicate that these allegations were false.

“The charges against Sam Kellner seem to be based on a Yiddish tape that was presented to the DA’s office by Lebovitz’s son,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “But it now seems clear that this tape in Hungarian Yiddish, which I’ve also listened to, was mistranslated. Without this tape, there’s no smoking gun. Moreover, reports from reliable sources indicate that prosecutors have told the trial judge that their key witnesses are unreliable. No evidence? No witnesses? What is the D.A. waiting for?”

Lebovitz was convicted in 2010 on 8 out of 10 counts of molestation and was sentenced to 10 ½ to 32 years in prison. But his conviction was overturned by an appellate court due to a technicality. Subsequently, Kellner was accused of extortion. Noting that Assemblyman Hikind was the first elected official in his district to address the issues of child abuse, Kellner first approached Hikind in 2008 for counsel.

“Sam Kellner and his family have been victimized enough. His son’s life will never be the same. It’s unfair to drag out a case against Sam that seems to have no witnesses. The financial burden and stress that Sam continues to endure by the continuance of this case is unjust. The D.A. should immediately drop these charges.”


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