Baruch Leifer, father-in-law of Malka, named as rabbi accused of sexual assault

Israeli networks are reporting that a Jerusalem rabbi arrested last month on suspicion of committing sexual offenses is Baruch Leifer, the father-in-law of accused sexual assailant Malka Leifer.

The arrest of Leifer, which has been reported for weeks abroad, has been gagged in Israel.

Leifer is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a family member when she was 12, and of sexual offenses against another man when he was 18, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Leifer is a former leader of the Khust Hasidic sect.

His daughter-in-law Malka Leifer is in Australia where she is charged with at least 74 counts of sexual offenses against girls at the Melbourne school where she was a principal.

She had fought extradition from Israel for several years, straining ties between Jerusalem and Canberra.

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