Brooklyn Shomrim patrol leader accused of raping underage girl

BROOKLYN — An official who runs a Hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn has been accused of raping an underage girl, police confirmed Thursday.

Police say 59-year-old Jacob Daskal, leader of the Shomrim's Brooklyn South Safety Patrol, allegedly abused the girl between August and November of 2017.

The Shomrim group acts as an auxiliary police unit for this Orthodox community, a civilian safety group that patrols in marked cars and works closely with the NYPD to keep the community safe.

The Shomrim was part of an ongoing federal probe involving two businessmen and a number of NYPD supervisors — and in 2016, the FBI investigated what role the supervisors may have played in securing gun licenses for members of Shomrim.

Daskal was not charged in the case.

Daskal is expected to be arraigned Friday on charges of rape, criminal sex act, forcible touching, sex abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

The investigation is ongoing.