MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Northport man was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child at least four times over seven years.
Jalal Abodalo, 57, was convicted by a jury on June 21, 2017, of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 1st Degree. The trial, before Acting Supreme Court Justice Patricia Harrington, lasted for three weeks and the jury deliberated for approximately two hours.
“This defendant used his relationship with a child and his family to repeatedly and brazenly abuse a child over a seven-year period,” DA Singas said. “A brave young survivor stood up to the defendant, who betrayed his trust and subjected him to both physical and emotional abuse by threatening the victim’s mother if the survivor reported Abodalo’s actions. The defendant is being held accountable because of the courage of this young, heroic man.”
DA Singas said between April 1999 and March 2006, the defendant sexually assaulted a male relative at least four times, who, at the time of the assaults was between three and ten years old. Over the course of the seven years of abuse, which occurred in Nassau County, the victim was told multiple times by the defendant to keep the abuse secret or his mother would ‘get hurt’. In February 2009, the victim disclosed the abuse to his mother and father – who then brought the case to law enforcement.
Assistant District Attorneys Jared Rosenblatt and Joanna Sobel of DA Singas’ Special Victims Bureau are prosecuting this case. Abodalo is represented by Michael Alber, Esq.