Charges dropped in alleged sex assault

October 7, 2009 2:39:59 PM PDT
Charges have been dropped against a former police officer from Ramapo and another man accused of sexually assaulting a woman. Prosecutors say it's because the woman lied under oath about things unrelated to the charges, so she was no longer a credible witness.

The accused, Andrew Dale, is still out of a job after he was fired from the Ramapo Police Department. Last year, Dale was accused of giving a woman fake gynocological and rectal exams inside a home in Monsey.

The 10-year veteran was charged along with Zalman Silber, accused of performing the bogus tests on Silber's then-wife Sarah Silber. The incident allegedly happened while Zalman Silber, a millionaire businessman, watched for his sexual gratification. The charges were dismissed Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Sarah Silber was caught lying under cross examination about an unrelated matter. The defense produced videos of her giving massages in New York, where she does not have a license. With her credibility in question, the Rockland district Attorney said he was left with no choice, stating, "It became clear that the complaining witness was untruthful under oath. Therefore, the districts attorney's office moved to dismiss in the interest of justice."

But Sarah Silber said she only lied to protect her Orthodox Jewish ex-husband.

In the 90s, Zalman Silber made his millions selling virtual helicopter tours called New York Skyride at the Empire State Building. He is still facing charges in Manhattan for allegedly performing the same kind of acts on two women in his Park Avenue office.

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