Ex New York Cop Jacob Sabbagh Sentenced For Child Molestation

 

A sobbing former NYPD officer was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for repeatedly sexually molesting a friend’s young daughter — but he won’t be heading behind bars anytime soon.
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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.”

Sabbagh was convicted in June after a jury trial for sexually abusing the victims from 2005 to 2008 — when she was between the ages of 10 and 13.

“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 also allowed Sabbagh to remain free on bail while he appeals the conviction.

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Sabbagh, 33, was an auxiliary officer for the NYPD at the time of the assaults and officially joined the force a year after the abuse ended. He was arrested in 2015, after the woman told authorities in Israel what had happened.

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.

When he argued for leniency, Sabbagh told the judge he wanted to be present for the high risk birth of his second child and to take care of other family affairs since his father suffered a heart attack two weeks ago.