Should convicted sex offender be entertaining children?
|David Bruckner, known as David Hachakian/The Impersonator|
Kikar Shabbat has reported that popular children's entertainer David Bruckner, better know by his stage name "David Hachakian" ("David The Impersonator") is struggling to continue performing for children.
Bruckner was convicted in 2012 of a series of indecent acts against a 12 year old boy, and sentenced to 7 months imprisonment. On at least two occasions, Bruckner paid off the boy, after molesting him, with gifts and cash.
As is usual with such sex offenses, Bruckner underwent a clinical risk assessment, and he was found to be medium-to-high risk to the public. The judge who tried him highlighted the extra risk that, as a children's performer, Bruckner has access to numerous children.
Now Bruckner has completed his sentence, he is working again as a children's performer.
This has been permitted by the court, with certain conditions, such as that his performances must always be in the presence of an adult. This is being appealed by the prosecution services, who are seeking to get Bruckner banned from giving performances to children, due to his "dangerous character".
Kikar Shabbat interviewed Bruckner, who claimed that the prosecution services are harassing him because he "made a laughing stock of them". Bruckner also says that the Regional Court, where his case is being heard, "is not Hareidi territory" and therefore will not give him a fair hearing.