Judge finds 41 of 53 counts against David Cyprys can be sustained and also finds testimony from former yeshiva head Rabbi Avrohom Glick was not credible. Glick had claimed he did not know about the abuse at the time it took place.
David Cyprys, who allegedly raped or sexually abused at least 12 children from Chabad's flagship school in Melbourne, Australia, will stand trial for his alleged crimes, a judge has just ruled. ABC News (Australia) reports that 41 charges were sustained, including multiple counts of rape, indecent assault and gross indecency with a child.
Manny Waks, who was there, writes:
…David Cyprys will stand trial for 40 of the initial 53 charges. The judge emphasised that this does not reflect any credibility issues with the victims, but rather that there were too many memory gaps, which would leave the jury in the future trial no choice but to dismiss them. Out of the remaining 40 charges, five are of rape. Cyprys pleaded Not Guilty to all of the charges.
The judge noted that the evidence by the victims and witnesses was compelling, credible and dignified. By stark contrast, the judge stated that (former Yeshivah Principal) Rabbi Glick’s evidence lacked any credibility and was unhelpful in the case. The judge specifically noted that it was “unfathomable” that Rabbi Glick did not know anything about the abuse prior to the early 2000s (you may recall that he changed his statement to reflect this). Hopefully this will cause a major re-think on the part of the Yeshivah leadership.
I’m now looking forward to the trial (at this stage the Directions Hearing to decide on the dates etc. will be held on 19 June) and to hold Yeshivah to account for its inaction and ongoing attempts to cover this abuse up.
I expect there will be a fair amount of media coverage on this and I will post all of them in due course.
Thanks again to everyone for your incredible support. Please never forget, so many of the victims and their families have been and are still doing it tough. Your support means a great deal to all of us!"