Father warns other parents
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“In one of the pictures was his watch, it was a silver watch that had links on it. It was a stainless steel silver-ish watch. We noticed other pictures in his son’s bedroom and that’s how I realized it was him,” Joseph said.
“Everyone thought he [Sabo] was the ideal dad. The one that plays ball with the kids, the one that goes camping with them. When people heard, they thought it couldn’t be true. But it is,” Joseph said.
The pictures were posted under the screen name nymale74, which corresponds to Sabo’s birthday, according to public records and his Facebook page.
When Joseph approached his son about the photos his son, now in his early teens, told him that Sabo had molested him repeatedly over the course of two years. “He came home from school that day and didn’t stop talking about it,” said Joseph.
Joseph filed a police report, and then contacted the office of Assemblyman Dov Hikind who recently launched a campaign to combat child abuse in the Jewish community. Hikind’s office declined to confirm details about the case but two sources say Hikind placed Joseph in touch with the District Attorney and Joseph’s son then testified before the grand jury. The charges were filed about a week later.
Joseph said that his son is doing well.
“The therapist basically said that what we did by believing him and trusting what he said, and not doubting, that was 75% of the cure. Bringing him in to testify and knowing that Sabo will get his punishment is a cure for my son.”
In a telephone interview Sabo called himself “a regular guy” with “regular, run-of-the-mill issues.”
“You know more than me apparently,” Sabo told a reporter who asked about the case. “This will pass. It might not be tomorrow. For all I know they could dismiss everything. You never know.”
He hopes to move past the allegations. “I have four beautiful children, who need a father,” Sabo said.
Sabo attended Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Brooklyn. The school was made infamous when its owner, Lipa Margulies, deflected investigations of a longtime teacher, Yehuda Kolko, who last year pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child endangerment and who is suspected of widespread sexual abuse. Sabo said he could not recall if he had been a victim of sexual abuse by Kolko.