A cop from Midwood has been convicted of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child for the repeated abuse of a young girl for three years, announced District Attorney Ken Thompson on Wednesday, June 22.
According to trial testimony, the defendant – 34-year-old Jacob Sabbagh – was a family friend of the victim and would sleep at her home in Flatbush almost every month. Investigation revealed that on each of these visits, between June, 2005 and March, 2008, Sabbagh repeatedly groped and fondled the young girl (who was just 10 when this all began) and, on occasion, forced her to reciprocate.
He joined the police force in 2009.
“This is a disturbing case where a young child was sexually abused and repeatedly violated by a family friend—now a police officer—whom she should have been able to trust,” said Thompson. “The victim had the courage to speak out against the abuser and we will now see that he is punished.”
The victim came forward to her family at the age of 16, after the family had moved out of the country.
According to evidence presented at trial, Sabbagh – who will be sentenced on September 7, at which time he faces up to seven years in prison – has since been caught on tape admitting to the sexual abuse and apologizing for his actions.