A Sheepshead Bay man will face 15 years in jail for trying to abduct a nine-year-old girl as she played in the front yard of her Ford Street home, announced Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Friday, January 20.
According to trial testimony, the young girl was playing in the fenced yard of her home at around 7 a.m. on June 11, 2015 when the defendant – 39-year-old Robert Drach – first exposed his genitals to the child, and then entered the yard, grabbed the girl and tried to drag her away.
His attack was thwarted when the young girl’s father charged into the yard after hearing her screams, grabbed Drach and held him down until police arrived.
“This defendant brazenly invaded what should have been a safe haven for the victim, a child, who was playing in her front yard,” said Gonzalez. “We’re grateful that this defendant will be unable to harm other children any time soon, and that the father’s quick actions averted greater tragedy here.”
Drach’s sentencing comes on the heels of his November, 2016 conviction on charges of attempted second-degree kidnapping, public lewdness, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal trespass.
The young girl was not injured.