Saturday, May 07, 1988

Case of Victor Einhorn

Case of Victor Einhorn
Owner of Two Brooklyn-Based Bus Companies
(Williamsburg) Brooklyn, NY

Victor Einhorn, 37, of Williamsburg, pleaded guilty to two of 12 counts of unlawfully transporting minors to a New Jersey hotel for sex.

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  1. Brooklyn Man Sentenced in Sex Case  (05/07/1988)

Brooklyn Man Sentenced in Sex Case
By Patricia Hurtado
Newsday (NY) - May 7, 1988

An attorney and a rabbi for a Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty to transporting two girls, one 12 and one 13, across state lines for sex asked the sentencing judge for leniency yesterday in a courtroom that included the defendant's wife, youngest child and his friends.

Victor Einhorn, 37, of Williamsburg, pleaded guilty in February to two of 12 counts of unlawfully transporting minors to a New Jersey hotel for sex. Einhorn, the owner of two Brooklyn-based bus companies, had faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

But through his attorney, Einhorn yesterday requested a sentence of community service rather than imprisonment. He called upon his rabbi, Abraham Neiman, of the Khal Toras Chaim congregation, to describe for U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman how Einhorn had already been censured by his Hasidic community.

"It states in the Talmud that if you sin and a person has shame . . . then he is forgiven," Neiman said. "He said he has shame . . . So much shame is alone a terrible penalty." Neiman told the judge that if Einhorn was sent to prison, his six children would be punished by being ostracized by their religious community.

Korman called Einhorn's crime "a serious exploitation of two children," and sentenced him to three years in prison and five years' probation. He also fined him $100. Einhorn was ordered to surrender to authorities on June 15.

In his pre-sentence remarks to the judge, Einhorn's attorney, Kenneth Kaplan, said that prosecutors had unfairly made a federal case out of his state crime. Kaplan argued that the girls looked 18 and were  professional prostitutes. Kaplan also said several factors had led Einhorn to commit the crime, including the fact that he had an arranged marriage and had sexual problems with his wife.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Gerber argued that Einhorn deserved a prison sentence, as he had shown no remorse. He said the girls' youth had even caught the attention of a Ft. Lee motel maid who saw Einhorn and the girls check out of the motel together and flagged down a police car.

Gerber said Einhorn's case became a federal matter when it was determined that he had crossed state lines. Gerber said that while Einhorn had a previous conviction for receiving stolen property, neither of the girls had a criminal record.

"I have kids just like he has kids," the tearful mother of one of the girls told Korman before sentencing. "What if this happened to one of his kids? I don't feel it's right for what he did to my baby to just get community service. I'm sorry."



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