Courtesy of New York Post: [https://nypost.com/2020/06/27/victim-speaks-out-about-scores-co-founder-accused-of-child-sex-abuse/]
The boogieman of Brighton Beach was all too real for Jason Breska.
“You don’t know who he is, but you hear about him,” Breska said of the whispers from pals at the Shorefront YM-YWHA back in 1982. “You misbehave, they’ll send you to Blutrich.”
So when a Shorefront volunteer told him that basketball coach and Y benefactor Michael Blutrich wanted to meet him, “I was terrified.”
Blutrich, a lawyer who later launched Scores strip club and infamously turned mob informant, offered the 11-year-old a job keeping score at basketball games, said Breska, who described himself as dirt poor.
“$20 a game was literally like $1,000 to me,” he said, remembering Blutrich paying him $200 in advance. “Then he rubbed my knee, and I froze. … I didn’t think anything of it because I’ve got $20 in my hand.”
Shopping sprees and rides in Blutrich’s red Porsche 911 followed, quickly morphing into years of horrific sexual abuse, Breska, 49, alleged in a lawsuit against Shorefront.
“I was hooked on the money,” the restaurant manager recalled. “There were times I would say, ‘Can’t we just have dinner and not do anything?’ He would get upset and cut me off. My family became dependent on the money.”
Breska’s Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit, in which he is seeking unspecified damages, was recently expanded to include the United Jewish Appeal Federation, a nonprofit umbrella that oversaw Shorefront.
UJA did not respond to a message. Blutrich could not be reached.
“Powerful institutions like the UJA, they’re going to protect the institution, not the children they serve,” said Breska’s lawyers Georgia Kosmakos and Michael Dowd.
Decades haven’t dulled his pain, said Breska, who said the passage of New York’s Child Victim’s Act, which gives a legal window to revive old cases, made him feel safe to speak.
“I have nightmares every night. … I’ll be a victim ’til the day I leave this Earth,” he said.
Blutrich was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a $400 million scam that led to the 1994 collapse of the National Heritage Life Insurance Co., but the punishment was cut by a third due to his cooperation with the feds in ratting out the mob. He went on to write a book called, “Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History.”
The disgraced lawyer’s media appearances rankled Breska. “Why does this man get to go on ’60 Minutes’ and portray himself as a hero?” he said.
Breska also spoke directly to kids dealing with their own boogie man.
“Talk to somebody. You’re scared, I get it, you’re terrified,” he said, weeping. “You’re not alone.”