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Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to One-Year Jail Term for Violating Terms of Supervised Release

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Monsey, New York, man who was previously convicted of assaulting a woman on a flight from Israel to Newark Liberty International Airport was sentenced today to additional prison time for violating the terms of his supervised release by sexually abusing a minor, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Yoel Oberlander, 39, appeared by videoconference for a hearing before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas and pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his supervised release by committing another crime. He was sentenced today to 12 months in prison, representing time served, and an additional term of supervised release of two years, which includes a 12-month term of home detention with a GPS bracelet. He will be required to quarantine on house arrest for a period of 14 days once released from Essex County Jail.

On July 20, 2017, Oberlander was sentenced to 12 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to committing the offense of assault with the intent to stalk. On June 24, 2019, while serving his probationary term, Oberlander was arrested by the Ramapo Police Department in New York for picking up a minor victim in his car and assaulting the victim. Oberlander was charged by the Rockland County District Attorney with three misdemeanor offenses: sexual abuse in the third degree, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Oberlander is a registered sex offender; he was convicted in 2002 in New York for sexual abuse in the second degree, arising from his sexual assault of a minor. In his prior federal prosecution by this office, Oberlander was convicted of assaulting a 22-year old woman who was seated next to him on a May 2016 El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Newark by touching her in the area of her chest, upper thigh, and hand without her consent. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa M. Wangenheim and Adam Baker of the U.S. Attorney’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Updated June 25, 2020

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Press Release Number: 20-203