Emanuel Yegutkin, the former principal of Elite High School at 2115 Benson Avenue, received a 55-year sentence yesterday for sexually abusing three boys over the course of 10 years.
Yegutkin, 33, was convicted in December of 75 counts, including charges of sexual conduct against a child and criminal sex acts. According to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office, from 1996 to 2005, Yegutkin sexually abused two of the boys when they were ages seven to 15-years-old, and in 2008, exposed the third boy to pornography. He forced them to perform sex acts including fondling and oral sex.
“This strong sentence once again proves that the people of Brooklyn will not tolerate crimes against children. Hopefully this brings some closure to these child victims so they can go on to lead happy and productive lives,” said Hynes.
Yegutkin was arrested in January 2009, while serving as the principal of Elite High School, a Jewish school serving Russian-Jewish immigrants. The victims did not attend the school, but met them through a close friend, and became a friend of the family and visited their home frequently.
Yegutkin was an Oorah BoysZone camp counselor at a camp upstate and a member of Flatbush Hatzolah. He was also allegedly a patient of Ohel’s treatment program for pedophiles, according to the Failed Messiah blog.