Jerusalem rabbi indicted on dozens of rape counts

Victim, now 20, files police complaint over acts alleged to have taken place at girls’ seminary six years ago

The Jerusalem District Court (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The Jerusalem District Court (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A Jerusalem rabbi was indicted by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office Sunday on dozens of counts of rape, sodomy, molestation, assault and intimidation, all allegedly committed while he served as a rabbi in an all girls seminary.

The rabbi was arrested after the victim, now 20, said that he had raped her while she was a 9th grade student at the school where the rabbi worked.

According to the indictment, two-to-four times a week, the defendant would call the girl into a faculty lounge or the seminary bomb shelter. Sometimes, the rabbi told the girl a certain time to meet him in the lounge or shelter, and she would comply out of fear of retribution. Once alone and with the room locked, the rabbi is accused of “indecent acts, sodomy and rape.”

The rabbi reportedly told the girl that what was happening was a “secret between them,” and that it was okay because he was a rabbi, the indictment said.

After the first alleged rape, the rabbi told the girl if she told anyone what happened, he would hurt her and tell everyone she was a prostitute.

The name of the rabbi, 60, is being kept under gag order.

The district attorney requested the rabbi remain jailed until the end of proceedings against him, arguing he poses a threat to the public.

After receiving the girl’s testimony, the police gathered evidence from family members and sources at the seminary, after which they decided there was enough to warrant an arrest.

The rabbi’s lawyer, Yehuda Shoshan, dismissed the charges against his client, saying they were a “libelous falsehood motivated by those with interests” against the rabbi, according to the Ynet news website.

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