A Queens solo attorney stands accused of sex abuse for allegedly paying a teenaged girl to perform a sex act as her friend watched, according to an indictment released Wednesday by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.
Eyal Katzman, 56, allegedly paid the 16-year-old girl $80 to perform oral sex on him at his Kew Gardens home, where he also runs his law office, according to the district attorney’s office. The alleged encounter was arranged by the girl’s teenaged friend, who asked the girl if she’d be willing to perform a sex act on Katzman in exchange for money. The friend accompanied the girl and was paid $20 for making the introduction, prosecutors said.
Katzman was arraigned Wednesday morning before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron (See Profile). The indictment charges him with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one account of third-degree patronizing a prostitute.
Katzman was released without bail. He is due back in court Oct. 8 and faces up to four years in prison if convicted. He is represented in the case by Queens attorney Warren Silverman, who did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
Queens Assistant District Attorney Jessica Melton, who supervises the office’s human trafficking unit, is prosecuting the case.
Katzman is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to the New York bar in 2000.