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Sex offender rabbi Eliezer Berland hospitalized with COVID, on ventilator

Rabbi Eliezer Berland arrives for a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, on February 13, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Rabbi Eliezer Berland arrives for a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, on February 13, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Eliezer Berland, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who has been convicted of sexual offenses and of defrauding his own followers, has caught the coronavirus and is hospitalized, Hebrew media reports.

The 83-year-old Berland is on a ventilator at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, the reports say.

He is set to return to prison in October after being convicted of fraud in a plea deal last month and being sentenced to 18 months, from which his time in custody thus far will be deducted.

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