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David Mendelowitz, ex-Scarsdale High School dean, gets 5 years' probation in prostitution, drug case

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: David Mendelowitz is charged with patronizing a prostitute and possessing crack cocaine. (Jan. 7, 2013)

A former Scarsdale High School dean will serve 5 years' probation after pleading guilty on Monday to drug possession and hindering prosecution charges, News12 reported.

David Mendelowitz, 59, was implicated in a $3.2 million Manhattan-based prostitution ring that advertised its services in The Village Voice. The White Plains resident ordered crack cocaine, Viagra pills and prostitutes using a credit card and had them delivered to his apartment, investigators said.

The former guidance counselor was sentenced in Westchester County Court after he confessed to hindering prosecution, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, according to News12. Prosecutors said Mendelowitz telephoned his drug dealer to tip him off that investigators were looking into the case.

As he walked from the courthouse with his attorney, a stone-faced Mendelowitz declined to comment on the sentence.

The former educator's punishment could have been worse. His arrest, announced in November by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, was part of a sting that stretched across Queens, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Philippines. The investigation resulted in a 180-count indictment that included charges of human trafficking, money laundering and drug sales.

After a 16-month investigation, 19 people were indicted on charges related to drugs, money laundering and prostitution. Two others were charged with patronizing a prostitute.

On May 4, 2012, Mendelowitz used his credit card to pay for a prostitute named Yoyo and a rock of cocaine delivered to his Mamaroneck Avenue apartment, according to the criminal complaint.

Six days later, the complaint added, Mendelowitz arranged for a prostitute named Suji to come to his apartment with "the blue thing" -- a reference to the sexual performance pill Viagra -- so they could engage in sex. A third liaison occurred on May 18 with Suji, the complaint said.

On May 21, Mendelowitz admitted to a state investigator that he has been using cocaine for two decades, the complaint said.

"I order cocaine and crack from an Asian female that I know," Mendelowitz allegedly told the investigator. "I have been using cocaine for 20 years. The last time I used cocaine was on May 18, 2012. I usually use cocaine on Friday nights."

Investigators told Mendelowitz they were conducting a long-term investigation and urged him to not reveal their conversation to anyone.

The following day, police were listening in when Mendelowitz called an alleged pimp and drug peddler, Jay King, and told him about his visit from investigators from the attorney general's office. The conversation was being recorded.

"They knew I was smoking crack," Mendelowitz told King, the complaint said. "They say I was seeing prostitutes and the only people that I have ever used [for] service is yours. So, somehow, they are on to you, Jay. Do you know anything about this? They knew everything that I was doing, so one of your girls or someone has been telling them."

Mendelowitz, a guidance counselor who retired from Scarsdale High School in June 2012, is a past president of the Westchester Putnam Rockland Counseling Association, which advocates for school counselors.

As part of his probation, he'll have to take weekly drug tests and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, News12 reported. He resigned his position shortly before he was arrested.

A representative for Mendelowitz could not immediately be reached for comment.

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