NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — After handing down a sentence of three years in prison, a judge is allowing a former New York City police officer to be released on bail while he appeals a child molestation conviction.
The state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday granted a defense request to free Jacob Sabbagh pending his appeal.
Sabbagh was arrested in Brooklyn in December 2015. He was off-duty at the time of his arrest.
The 34-year-old Brooklyn man had been convicted in June of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.
Prosecutors say Sabbagh was a family friend of the victim. They say he molested her at the family’s Brooklyn home between June 2005 and March 2008.
Prosecutors say Sabbagh admitted to the abuse in phone conversations, but maintains his innocence.
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