SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — A former security guard at a Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne was committed to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing children.
David Cyprys, 44, in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday was ordered to face 40 charges of child molestation, including multiple counts of rape, against 12 students at Yeshivah College in the 1980s.
Cyprys, an Orthodox Jewish man who runs a company called Shomer Security, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
In her ruling, Judge Luisa Bazzani, who presided over the two-week committal hearing, also chastised Yeshivah’s former principal, Rabbi Avrohom Glick, saying his claim that he was unaware of claims of molestation until the early 2000s was “unfathomable.” Yeshivah College is part of a complex that houses the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Cyprys was released on bail; he will return to court next month.