Nov. 13, 2016 Staff Report
A 58-year-old Kew Gardens attorney who operates his law office out of his house has been sentenced to two years in jail for engaging in sexual acts with two underage girls, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Eyal Katzman was convicted in July stemming from a number of sexual encounters he had with two 16-year-old girls between September 2012 and November 2012.
“The defendant—an officer of the court—is now a convicted criminal who has proven himself to be a sexual predator,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A Brown. “The defendant was convicted at trial of abusing underage girls and as such has been sentenced to a term of incarceration and will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.”
According to the trial, the first 16-year-old victim was brought to Katzman’s home by another teenage girl. The victim performed oral sex on Katzman while he touched her breast. The defendant then paid both girls a sum of money.
The two girls knew one another from John Adams High School, which is located in Ozone Park.
On the second and third occasions, Katzman performed oral sex on the 16-year-old girl and paid her between $100 and $200 in cash.
At trial it was also revealed that another 16-year-old was brought to Katzman’s home by the same girl who brought the first teenage victim to the defendant. The second female victim performed oral sex on Katzman while he performed oral sex on her. The female who introduced the victim to Katzman watched.
Katzman paid $60 in cash to the victim and $20 to the girl for introducing the victim to him.
Katzman was convicted on four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, four counts of third-degree patronizing a prostitute and vice counts of endangering the welfare of a child.