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Monsey man gets probation for sex abuse, makes lawyer’s job harder

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Moishe Turner of Monsey got sentenced to 10 years probation Tuesday morning for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy on seven occassions in July 2011.

He didn’t get state prison time – facing a maximum of seven years – because the boy’s family didn’t want the child to testify, tying the hands of the Rockland District Attorney’s Office.

But the 59-year-old unemployed father of five children didn’t make life easy for his lawyer, Kenneth Gribetz, the former Rockland County prosecutor. He lives off of food stamps and gets Section 8 rental subsidies.

First off, Turner’s pre-sentence report by Rockland County probation officer recommended six months in jail.

Justice William Kelly said the report stated Turner was seemingly trying to blame the 14-year-old, calling the youngster sexually aggressive and a wild child.

Kelly allowed Gribetz a recess so he could talk to turned. Gribetz could be heard telling Turner it’s time to stop the nonsense (cleaned up version).

At some point, when Kelly was talking, Turner’s cell phone went off, leading to a rebuke from Gribetz.

After Kelly classified Turner as a Level 2 sex offender, Turner asked Gribetz why not the lowest designation – Level 1.

Gribetz essentially told Turner the judge was talking about the highest classification – Level 3 – so he should take Level 2 and leave.

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Haverstraw Elks hosting Rockland cop recognition night on March 21

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Rockland police officers will be honored on March 21 during the Haverstraw Elks Lodge 877’s 41st Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Night.

The event starts with cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by a prime rib dinner and ceremony. The honors include outstanding investigative award, unit appreciation award, and civilian award.

Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe is the scheduled speaker.

For more information and a list of contacts, for $35 tickets, go to or call Spring Valley Officeer Phil Fantasia at 845-356-7400 or Sheriff’s Office Detective Hank Bender at 845-638-5446. cq

Pelham Manor Police Chief Stalled in New Hires

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Pelham Manor police Chief Alfred Mosiello said Monday that he is stalled in hiring three recruits/recent graduates of the police academy not picked up by White Plains because White Plains won’t release them.

Their tuition through the academy had been paid for by White Plains before the city cut back and had lay-offs.

He said the recruits are sitting without pay while time for them to complete a month of in-service training in a department within seven months of graduation is passing.
Mosiello said he was not sure if White Plains had to offer jobs to laid off officers who have been hired elsewhere first if re-hiring begins thus making the likelihood of the recruits getting employed in time to complete their in-service training  less likely.

Any recruit not picked up by a department in time to complete the one month of in-service training within a year of beginning the academy would have to go through the police academy again before he or she could be hired, Mosiello said.