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Update: Half Naked, Drunk Texas Cop Who Fired Gun at Church Let Off With Probation

Deputy William Cox Texas Cop Naked Church Shooting Probation

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Cox was sentenced to just probation after getting drunk and shooting at a Texas Church.

In August of 2016 I posted about an off-duty Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy who got sloppy drunk, stripped off most of his clothes and then drove over to a church in Ellis County, Texas and started shooting his gun into it.

Once local police arrived, former Deputy William Lane Cox readily admitted that he was drunk and had fired his gun(s) at the church, hitting the building several times. His confession, recorded on those officer’s body cams, included his admission that he had gotten drunk and decided to “blow off some steam” by shooting up the church, which was located within a residential neighborhood.

He also indicated that the reason for his “stress” was the shooting of several Dallas police officers in an incident that happened just prior to his own shooting spree. Among other racist comments Deputy Cox stated, “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas” and “the black coon start killing my boys” on the video (embedded below).

Not surprisingly, after his initial arrest Deputy Cox received the typical Policeman’s Discount. The next day he was released without bail and shortly after that it was determined that he would not be facing any charges at all. That was partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church (who also just happens to be a police chaplain) didn’t want to press charges for the property damage caused by several bullets that had penetrated the doors and wall of the church.

Patrick Wilson Ellis County District Attorney Church Statement FavoritismHowever, there are numerous other charges that the police could easily have charged Deputy Cox with based on his own confession and the dangerous nature of his actions. Instead, while he was fired by the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Brown the Sheriff in Ellis County was pretty comfortable with not charging someone who admittedly drove drunk, recklessly discharged a gun while intoxicated, and put innocent people in danger by doing so at a building within a residential neighborhood with any crime whatsoever.

It wasn’t until six months later that Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson launched a separate investigation and eventually charged him with “deadly conduct,” a class three felony. In doing so, Wilson stated the obvious: “it is very, very difficult for me to believe that this man, Mr. Cox, was not afforded some special consideration.

One would tend to think that any special consideration would end. However, as is always the case with police facing trial, that was far from true. In spite of facing a charge where the minimum sentence mandated by law is a two year prison sentence and the added circumstances of having been drinking (and driving) at the time, he still was offered a cushy plea deal based on him having been a “good citizen” prior to his drunken shooting spree. After pleading guilty, Cox was sentenced to just five years of probation a $1,500 fine and ten days in jail. BTW, he gets to serve those ten days on weekends, cuz you it would be a shame if he was inconvenienced.

Once again, I’m sure the average citizen would have gotten the same sort of treatment.

Update: NYPD Cop Who Got Drunk, Broke Into a Woman’s House, and Repeatedly Assaulted Her Given Probation

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Officer Eugene Donnelly of the NYPD. As I reported then, within hours of having received an award for bravery at a June 2014 ceremony (pictured above) presided over by both Mayor De Blasio and former NYPD Commission Bill Bratton, Donnelly went out with a group of fellow officers to celebrate. That victory party culminated in him passing out drunk at a friend’s apartment in the Bronx.

However, that was not the end of the festivities for Officer Donnelly. Sometime during the night, he forced his way into an apartment within the same building, threw the woman who lived there to the ground while yelling about children and guns, and then hit her at least twenty times in the head, because he (apparently) thought she worked for Child Protective Services. After some unspecified amount of time, he then realized he had done some crazy shit and ran out of the apartment in nothing but a pair of black boxers. (See video embedded below.) Before that though, he reportedly added insult to injury by drinking milk out of his victim’s refrigerator – straight from the carton, no less.

He later tried to claim that all of this happened because he was sleep walking.

Via the New York Post:

Eugene Donnelly, who gave the snoozy defense in court last week, is wearing only a pair of black boxers as he tries to flee a Bronx building where, moments earlier, he allegedly pummeled the total stranger.

Donnelly first enters the frame in the lobby at 5:43 a.m. and runs out to the street. He then tries to get back inside but is locked out and leaves again. When a cop car passes by, he goes back to the vestibule where he frantically rings buzzers.

Seconds before the damning footage, his alleged victim is seen running through the lobby in her bathrobe as she desperately tries to get away.

A day earlier, Donnelly had been given a Combat Cross by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for ­arresting a gunman who fired at him in 2012.

Sources said he spent the night drinking before crashing at a fellow cop’s place in the victim’s building.

The 32-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, shared details of the 2014 nightmare for the first time with The Post.

She said she was in bed when Donnelly kicked in her door wearing nothing but the shorts.

She ran toward the door, screaming, “Help!”

“He came rushing toward me and punched me in the face, hard enough to knock me to the floor,” she recalled.

“It was so sudden.”

He then got on top of her and continued hitting her, she said. “I was lying on the ground and he . . kept punching me, really fast, nonstop, pummeling me.

“He was screaming, ‘Shut the f–k up, you ACS bitch! I know there are kids in here! I know there are guns!’

“I had no idea what he was talking about . . . I thought I was going to die,” she said.

At one point, the fearful woman dialed 911, but was afraid to speak because he was still in the apartment.

When she heard him walk into her kitchen, she put on a bathrobe, ran out of her apartment and knocked on neighbors’ doors for help.

To sweeten the deal a little bit, Officer Donnelly also is facing a DWI charge from May of 2016. In that incident, Donnelly had to be pried out of his own car after it collided with three parked cars and flipped on its side. (See second video embedded below.) He was reportedly, according to witnesses, going 65 to 70 miles per hour on a city street prior to the collision.

These charges would probably tell you that Officer Donnelly has some serious issues with self control and either one of them would probably indicate that he’s a danger to the public when he inevitably loses control. So this is a guy you’d think should more than likely not be working as a cop and should even be given some sort of harsh punishment to discourage him from this type of behavior in the future.

Or not. Instead Donnelly will be sentenced to three years of probation as part of a plea deal and “could” be fired from the NYPD if he is convicted on the DWI charges, which have yet to go to trial. That’ll keep him on the straight and narrow.

Video Shows Three NYPD Officers Hitting Man in the Face After He’s Pinned on the Ground

Bystander video posted to Youtube on Tuesday of a man being arrested by three NYPD officers shows them repeatedly punching him in the face as he is held down on his stomach on the ground. Alexis Jasmin, who recorded the cellphone video while riding on the bus, also had posted the video to Facebook on the morning of New Year’s Eve, the day that it happened.

Apparently, the man being beat in the video, Heriberto Nunez, wasn’t happy that the officers had given him a ticket and cursed at the cops, while sitting in his car. The unnamed cops, who were already in their own van preparing to leave, then jumped out and began arresting him. It’s of course not illegal to curse at the police, which means their assault upon and arrest of the man was completely unlawful.

Within her Facebook post (embedded below), Jasmin described the attack:

This man was already in his car and the police were in the van getting ready to pull off. Granted the man did stick his head out the window and say a few choice words. But please tell me why the cops got out the van, snatched him out of his car and proceeded to do this to him . Please explain to me why the officer kept bashing his face like that . This is exactly why i hate the police . His hands were already tied and he kept hitting the man in the face until bloody. RIDICULOUS!!

For their part, New York Police Department sources say that Nunez “lashed out” at the officers after receiving the ticket (which, once again, isn’t illegal) and claim that he was resisting their unlawful arrest, even though the video clearly shows him pinned to the ground by the three officers, with his hands already behind his back, being hit in the face for over 40 seconds, prior to them lifting him up and throwing him against their van.

According to the New York Daily News, Nunez was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration. He’s since been released without bail.

Meanwhile, none of the cops involved have been disciplined, although the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is currently conducting an “investigation” prior to making that situation official.

 

Three Days After Being Sworn in West Virginia Sheriff Arrested for Stealing and Using Meth from Evidence Room

Three days into his new job as Roane County (WV) Sheriff, Matthew “Bo” Williams had a bit of a workplace incident when he was arrested for stealing meth at the police department he worked previously. Although Williams has vowed to fulfill his duties as sheriff “to the best of his abilities,” that’s bound to be no easy task now.

For one thing, he’s been banned from even entering the sheriff’s office by a court order filed by county officials as part of their efforts to have him removed. Then there’s the whole facing jail time (he’ll get probation and a trip to rehab, if even that) for drug-related crimes thing. That can be awkward when you’re briefing the department’s drug task force on their assignment for the day.

 Via the New York Daily News:

He is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in evidence, the majority of which was meth, at his previous job as an officer in Spencer, W.Va.

A criminal complaint against Williams filed Tuesday says that evidence bags with case numbers matching the missing evidence were found in his desk and car.

The Roane County Commission voted Tuesday to remove their new sheriff, citing a law that allows them to do so for drunkenness or drug addiction

A resolution seen by the Charleston Gazette-Mail says that Williams admitted to the theft and having more than a yearlong addiction on Nov. 26, but was still sworn in at the end of the year.

Besides the charges of grand larceny he’s facing, all the cases he was involved in as a member of the City of Spencer Police Department prior to being elected are now being scrutinized. Sheriff Williams has since resigned from the SPD and at least two of those cases being reviewed have been thrown out, as a result of his involvement. Williams, however has refused to step down as sheriff and is forcing the Roane County Commissioners to go through the formal process of removing him.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Williams was interviewed by WSAZ NewsChannel3, where he discussed the “personal and professional problem” he’s having right now and his determination to not step down and instead to carry out his duties as sheriff:

“Everything is upside down right now,” Sheriff Matthew “Bo” Williams said.

Takin’ it day by day.

Rather, for Williams, the criminal complaint against him speaks for itself, revealing an elected officer of the law charged with stealing drug evidence from his last job with the city of Spencer Police Department and admitting to using meth for more than a year.

“I’m taking it day by day,” Williams said.

On Wednesday, Williams chatted with WSAZ for his first interview since an investigation was launched into his connection with the missing evidence. With the investigation still active, Williams says he is not able to comment on how any drug problem began.

Instead, he says, he’s still planning on fulfilling his duties as sheriff, even amid calls for his resignation.

“My intentions are to do what’s best for my family,” Williams said. “I understand concerns that might be in the public, but my plan is to do the best job I can do for the citizens who elected me and as things play out, what will be will be.”

Sounds like he’s probably learned his lesson and the public’s concerns are obviously unfounded. Surely, the County of Roane is in the capable hands of a real clear thinker. He couldn’t possibly be delusional from habitual meth use.

Rikers Island Guard Kept Framed Newspaper Story About Inmate He Murdered in His Bedroom

Correction Officer Brian Coll was so proud of himself after he beat a man to death in 2012 that he kept a framed newspaper article about the murder in his bedroom. The guard at Rikers Island is currently on trial for repeatedly kicking inmate Ronald Spear in the head as Correction Officers Anthony Torres and Byron Taylor held him down. The beating resulted in severe head trauma and caused Spear to suffer a fatal heart attack shortly afterward.

Spear was suffering from end stage renal failure and required daily dialysis. He also had to walk with a cane due to his disability. Officer Coll had prevented Spear from seeing the doctor within the infirmary. This led to a argument between the two during which Coll began assaulting Spear. After punching him several times in the face and stomach Coll began kicking Spear like a “field goal kicker” while the other two guards held him down. At the same time he taunted Spear, yelling for him to “remember who had done that to him.”

His victim didn’t end up having long to remember the vicious assault since he died soon after. In order to cover for Coll, he and the other guards wrote false reports stating that Spear was the aggressor. Officer Torres later received a $10,000 workman’s comp settlement for injuries he suffered while holding Spear down. Torres and Officer Taylor have both since pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges and are testifying against Coll as part of a plea deal.

Officer Coll is facing charges of obstruction and “death resulting from deprivation of rights under color of law.” The latter charge carries a potential life sentence. (Although, I wouldn’t hold your breath on that.) It was during his arrest that the framed news article was discovered displayed in his bedroom as if to commemorate his murderous deed.

Via the New York Daily News:

“Let’s call it what it is: a trophy,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella said in her closing argument against Correction Officer Brian Coll.

Prosecutors say Coll repeatedly kicked Ronald Spear in the head and the resulting brain injury he suffered led to a fatal heart attack.

“Brian Coll killed Ronald Spear,” Cucinella told the Manhattan Federal Court jury. “Brian Coll killed Ronald Spear as he lay sick and exhausted, face down on the cold tile floor in the infirmary on Rikers Island.”

In her nearly hourlong argument, Cucinella described Spear’s final moments on Dec. 19, 2012, as terrifying — filled with pain as his life slipped away.

The inmate — who got into an argument with the former correction officer after Coll allegedly denied him a doctor — felt each of the “field goal”-like kick (sic) while groaning.

The death blows were accompanied by taunting, according to Cucinella.

“The last hateful words that Ronald Spear would ever hear — ‘This is what you get for f—ing with me, remember I did this’” she said Coll told the victim.

Cucinella also showed the jury autopsy photos of Spear’s skull with the skin pulled back, as well as his brain, which displayed large purple-red patches indicative of bleeding.

The prosecutor’s push for conviction included a back story on Rikers’ culture which, in her accounting, treated whistleblowers as snitches — and enabled abuse of power.

It’s rather amazing how all these Good Cops managed to create a “culture” in which anyone who reported abuses was treated as a snitch and where two Heroes responded to an inmate being beat to death by a psychotic murderer by holding him down while he kicked him in his head repeatedly, then lied about how he died.

NYPD Cop in Charge of Vetting Character of Recruits Arrested for Pulling Gun on Woman in Road Rage Incident

After a woman accidentally cut NYPD Officer Donald Vale off in Long Island he chased after her and then pulled his gun and threatened her. However, once he concluded his road rage induced confrontation that began, according to the New York Daily News, on the southbound Sagtikos Parkway near the Southern State Parkway and drove away, the unnamed victim wrote down his license plate number.

He later confessed to brandishing his weapon to New York State Police investigators after being tracked down to his house. He’s now facing a second degree menacing charge and a pretty vicious slap on the wrist, once his paid vacation ends.

Via Complex.com:

According to the New York Daily News, officer Donald Vale was driving in Long Island on Sunday afternoon. At around 4:10 p.m., the victim accidentally cut him off in traffic. Vale reportedly became enraged and began to pursue the woman who had cut him off, then allegedly threatened her with his firearm. Vale was caught because the victim wrote down his license plate number as the off-duty cop sped away from the scene, and gave the information to police when she filed a report.

Sources with the NYPD told the New York Daily News that Vale was interviewed about the reported incident, and admitted to pursuing the woman after she cut him off. Vale, who has been with the New York police force for 14 years, has been charged by the NYPD with menacing. He has been suspended pending the results of the case against him, according to the New York Daily News.

The real kicker to this story is that Officer Vale, who is a 14 year veteran (I’m sure this is the first time he’s ever snapped over something minor and that he also never “flew into a rage” while on duty during those 14 years), is a member of the NYPD’s Character Assessment Section. That means Officer Vale is one of the guys who decides if new recruits applying to be hired at the New York Police Department have the proper character to be police officers.

It’s truly surprising with such upstanding and rational people vetting the new hires that the NYPD is responsible for so many instances of corruption and violence toward citizens.

Son of NYPD Police Union Head Pat Lynch Stripped of Gun and Badge After Off-Duty Firearm Incident

NYPD Officer Kevin Lynch, the son of Pat Lynch, the biggest Hero in New York and also the president of the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has been placed on “modified duty” after he and a rookie officer were involved in an incident with a firearm and subsequently failed to report it.

The younger Lynch was with Officer Robert Smilove in a car belonging to Smilove’s mother near her house in Queens when the incident happened. Smilove reportedly had just bought a new .38 caliber revolver and was in a hurry to show it off to his work buddy. While doing so, he managed to accidentally fire off a round.

Obviously, these Heroes, especially the one with the golden pedigree, did the proper thing and waited for police to arrive so they could explain the situation and, if necessary, accept their slap on the wrist, right? Actually, not so much. Instead, Lynch the Younger and Officer Smilove jumped out and ran away into the night. In the process, they abandoned the car belonging to Smilove’s mother, which had a fresh bullet hole in the windshield.

nypd-union-president-pat-lynchNot surprisingly, the NYPD was able to figure out who might be involved (without even calling in Columbo) by simply running the plates on the car. After walking a block or so, they found Smilove at his mother’s house where he also lives. (Apparently, these rookies aren’t quite on the gravy-train yet, salary-wise.)

Once the great getaway was over and Smilove was cornered in his mommy’s house, he apparently confessed and provided the gun, which had four live rounds and the one expended casing still inside the chambers. According to the New York Daily News, “It’s not clear how police learned Lynch was present.” I’m guessing someone crossed the Thin Blue Line, but that’s purely speculation on my part at this point.

The NY Daily News story also states that Officer Smilove hadn’t reported to the NYPD that he had bought the gun, which apparently is a requirement. Smilove has been suspended as a result of all this. There’s also a rumor started by me that his mother has put him on restriction and taken his cell phone away. He has only been on the force since January of this year and is still on probation with the department. According to a “high-level source” he isn’t expected to be celebrating his anniversary, although no official punishment has been meted out yet. It’ll probably be several months before he gets hired by another department once his termination becomes official.

As for Little Lynch, he’s still on the force and is not expected to be fired as a result (surprise). However, until they come up with a way to make it sound like the slap on the wrist he will receive was a legitimate punishment, he has been reassigned to the proverbial desk duty.

NY Cop Known for Satire Videos About Police Brutality Charged with Choking/Harassment

Richard Hy, a Buffalo Police Officer who became internet famous for 15 minutes earlier this year when he was suspended for posting satire videos making light of police brutality and other types of misconduct has now been charged with harassing and choking someone he was involved in an “altercation” with.

The unnamed victims were said to have been recording a music video using their cell phones when they were involved in some sort of incident with Officer Hy and an off-duty West Seneca Police Officer, whom the department has refused to identify. Although, very little details have been released concerning the incident that happened on September 13th, Hy was charged with harassment and “obstruction of breath.” The West Seneca Police Officer has reportedly been suspended as well while an internal “investigation” is being conducted, although whether he is on a paid or unpaid vacation was not specified.

Previously, Officer Hy had received quite a bit of notoriety when he was suspended by the Buffalo Police Department in February of this year for posting “Vines” under the title “Angry Cops.” The satirical videos uploaded to that channel included many that joked about prison rape, police brutality and shootings, and stealing from the evidence room. One of them included a video in which he claimed to have stolen a bag of cocaine from evidence and can be seen with (presumably) simulated traces of coke on his face.

Being that cops, including Officer Hy now, are routinely caught doing those things, it didn’t sit well with his department once he began to get a large following on various social media sites. He was suspended for 22 days for violating the Buffalo Police Departments’ social media policy. Partly because he often did the videos in uniform with his badge and name tag clearly visible.

At the time, he defended his videos to the New York Daily News:

Hy, 29, told the Daily News he thought the clips humanized cops at a time when police tactics are under scrutiny nationwide.

“Did I do anything for malice? Absolutely not,” he said.

“I just thought it was harmless fun…”

“It was kind of like a visual diary, just to show the lighter side of the job,” he said.

As is often the case though when cops show their true nature and thought process by making jokes about assaulting or otherwise harming citizens, that fun wasn’t so harmless back in September when he was caught actually choking someone, which is kinda why police tactics are under scrutiny nationwide.

Despite Arrests the “Threat” from Creepy, Scary Clowns has Spread and Multiplied Across the United States

I’ve previously reported on the harrowing and expanding threat that clowns have begun to represent to this country and citizens throughout it. Fortunately, my warnings did not go unheeded and not long ago South Carolina Police Chief Ken Miller promised to get tough on clowns. In order to do so, he indicated he would begin enforcing a law that was already on the books against wearing masks in public. (technically clown makeup isn’t a mask, but you can’t engage in semantics at a time like this.)

Initially, this policy that effectively outlawed clowns seemed to have made some important headway. As fellow CopBlock Network contributor Joshua Hotchkin reported a couple weeks ago, four arrests were made across two states soon after. For a brief moment, the country was able to breathe a sigh of relief, believing that the Great Clown Invasion of 2016 had been thwarted. Predictably, that didn’t last long, though.

That was far from the end of it, as we all know now. Since those initial arrests there have been at least eight more of these painted tormentors have been hauled in on various charges across numerous states. More troubling, the sightings of menacing clowns have not stopped, but in fact have multiplied and spread to at least ten states nationwide.

Another very troubling detail to have emerged within the latest sightings is that the majority of these clowns are reported be driving vans. You might ask yourself what is so dangerous about that and, on the surface, it’s a reasonable question. However, anybody who has been to the circus knows that clowns can use their magical powers to fit at least a dozen of their cohorts into a really tiny car. Just imagine how many clowns are hiding out in something as big as a van. There might be hundreds in there just waiting to spring out and lay waste to your neighborhood. Hell, three or four of them vans would be all they need to overrun a small town.

Check out this report from the New York Times:

The reports to the police had one thing in common with the circus act involving an improbable number of clowns emerging from a small car.

They just kept coming, and coming, and coming, across multiple states. Clowns in vans. Clowns in the woods.

Clowns lurking in the shadows. Clowns chasing people or doing crimes.

Just let that sink in for a minute. What hope is there to stop such a relentless, determined group of pseudo humans bent on destroying society as we know it?

Obviously, the other side of this threat is the speed at which these clowns are able to reproduce. Anybody who has ever worked around Carnies or attended a Ren Faire, the two groups most likely to have been recruited by the Clown Army, has surely glimpsed some aspect of this phenomenon. Both of those sub-genres are known for engaging in 24 hour orgies that only stop (sometimes) when it’s time to perform their drunken acts on some sort of makeshift stage.

Suspected Clown Arrested

Suspected Clown Arrested

There are perilous times ahead for sure. An entire school in Reading, Ohio had to be locked down after a woman reported a clown related attack. One day prior in a nearby town, a young clown was arrested for making threats to school children. Fortunately, the Heroes in Blue protecting Colerain Township were able to nip that one in the bud before it reached full maturity.

Since they originally emerged from their lair in South Carolina, other clown sightings have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and even on the West Coast in California. Luckily, in Maryland a known and longstanding gang of clowns, who were brazen enough to flaunt themselves at public events, has been forced by the publicity to withdraw from such activities. We can score one for the good guys out there.

That’s obviously just a minor dent in their numbers, though. Earlier this week, several of the Clowns even released a Facebook Live video mocking their pursuers:

Sadly, before I conclude this latest update I even have to report that this scourge upon ‘Merica has very much hit home for me. Last night, KTNV News, the local ABC affiliate for Southern Nevada, reported that a clown had been trying to “friend” students from Chaparral, a Las Vegas high school.

This is dangerous on several levels. First, it’s near me and so that makes it important. Possibly even more troubling though, this means they are learning to use social media. Once these clowns start organizing on the internets, they’ll pretty much become unstoppable. We should all accept that this is probably just a matter of time, at this point.

Fortunately, ABC 7 in Denver is reporting that the FBI and Homeland Security have finally become involved. (The article also includes a handy timeline of the Clown Invasion.) Hopefully, this not a case of too little, too late already. Obviously, this is the (no-clown) human race’s best chance of surviving. “Help us Homeland Security, you’re our only hope!”

Send thoughts and prayers.

NYPD Officer Sentenced to Just Three Years in Prison for Repeatedly Molesting Underage Girl

NYPD Officer Jacob Sabbagh repeatedly molested the daughter of a friend beginning when the girl was just 10 years old until she was 13 on a monthly basis when he stayed the night at her family’s house. At the time he was an auxiliary officer, but later was hired on as a full time officer with the New York Police Department.

In spite of being convicted of the egregious and repeated sexual abuse of the young girl, he still received his Policeman’s Discount. Last week, Judge Alan Marrus sentenced Sabbah to just three years in prison, which is just slightly more than the amount of time he molested the girl before she managed to escape his abuse when the family moved to Israel.

Via a press release from Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson:

According to trial testimony, the defendant, Jacob Sabbagh, 34, of Midwood, Brooklyn, 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, when the victim was 10, and March 2008, when the victim was 13, the defendant repeatedly groped and fondled her and, on occasion, forced her to reciprocate. The defendant went on to join the police force in 2009. He was fired from the force after his conviction this past June.

The victim and her family moved out of the country and, when she was 16, the victim told her mother about the past abuse. The case was reported to authorities in the country where the victim lived and later referred to the District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit.

In addition to the lenient sentence, Officer Sabbah was also released pending an appeal in spite of the nature of his crimes and warnings that he may flee the country to avoid serving any prison time at all.

Via the New York Daily News:

Jacob Sabbagh pleaded for mercy from Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus, insisting he hadn’t done anything wrong — despite the secretly recorded phone conversations that helped put him away.

“I am innocent. These allegations are false. This might have happened, but not with me. I believe in God and don’t know why this is happening to me,” Sabbagh cried.

But his victim, now 21, said Sabbagh’s “disgusting acts changed my life. His sickness changed my life…”

“I trusted him. My family trusted him. He took advantage of me, my vulnerability and trust,” she said.

“At 14, I felt like a terrible person for letting this happen, I beat myself up, he drained me of my life,” she said, asking the judge to think of her younger self when deciding an appropriate sentence…

The judge showed Sabbagh some mercy — sentencing him to less than half the maximum of seven years.

“Child molestation is a serious crime. I can’t ignore this. I’m looking at a total loss for both of you. No sentence is going to be completely justified, but jail is appropriate,” Marrus said.

The judge also granted a request from Sabbagh’s new lawyer Michael Sosnick that his client be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals the conviction — a process that could take another year.

Prosecutors vigorously objected to the request because Sabbagh may flee and will be a sex offender in limbo out in the community.

“I’m looking at a total loss for both of you.” – In case you missed that bit of wisdom from Judge Marrus within the quoted text. It’s a good thing he ensured that he didn’t cause too much hardship for Sabbah when he sentenced him. He’s surely suffered enough.