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February 07, 2013

Updated: Suspected Haredi Pedophile Admits To Abusing 11 Kids In Jerusalem, Police Fear Number Much Higher, Haredi Coverup Fails

Simon Benisty,jpgPolice say their investigation shows that several haredi activists knew about the man’s crimes but did not report him to police. Instead, the alleged pedophile was “privately treated with medication that was supposed to lessen his sexual urges.”

Simon Benisty,jpg
Simon Benisty

Updated 5:42 pm CST

Suspected Haredi Pedophile Admits To Abusing 11 Kids In Jerusalem, Police Fear Number Much Higher, Haredi Coverup Fails
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Israel Police in Jerusalem arrested Simon Benisty, a 48-year-old haredi man yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting 11 boys and girls age 10- to 14-years old. The 50-year-old divorced father of three reportedly admitted his crimes to police and is cooperating with the investigation. The victims are children of his friends.

Police say their investigation shows that several haredi activists knew about Benisty’s crimes but did not report him to police.

Instead, Benisty was “privately treated with medication that was supposed to lessen his sexual urges,” Ynet reported.
 
Both the doctor who administered that medication and the haredi community leader who funded it will be questioned by police.

Police found out about the child sexual abuse a few months ago, after an 11-year-old Tel Aviv girl's mother filed a complaint. The girl allegedly was sexually abused by or witnessed sexual abuse committed by the man when she visited Jerusalem and stayed with relatives there.

Benisty was arrested based on that complaint and admitted to having 10 other victims.

Police believe there are many more cases beyond the 11 he admitted to in Israel, both because of that admitted history and because of two incidents of child sexual abuse Benisty was convicted of in New York City in 2010. He was arrested in March of that year and deported to Israel in October. His original sentence was 11 months in a New York City prison. Israel Police are reportedly investigating Benisty's criminal history outside Israel with the help of Interpol.

Simon Benisty Sex Offender registry excerpt
Here's the entire sex registry entry for Benisty as a PDF file:

Download Simon Benisty Sex Offender Details Page - NY DCJS

[Hat Tip: HeathenHassid.]

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There has been either one or two of these announced every week for the past month. Is it just me or is Monsey and NS experiencing an epidemic? I guess there is going to be a plethora of fundraising events going on. Luke.

They probably used saltpeter.

No mention of the menuval's name. The pills might have reduced sex urges (doubtful), but not the urge for power. He did it, because he could. He also knew he could get away with it.

He should be tried and sentenced like Weberman.

Is this guy related to a prominent Haredi family?

all of a sudden they believe in science.

they are full of it since they would never recommend this if the abuser was not heridie

It's not the abuse that is astonishing. What is astonishing is that our community continues to protect and enable sex offenders. Google "Dr. Shock"/ Dr. Aubrey Levin. Dr. Levin is a convicted sex offender. Even with a video showing Dr. Levin undoing a patient's belt and jeans and appearing to fondle him, the Orthodox Jewish community in Calgary, Canada supports him. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/sex-assault-victims-confront-convicted-psychiatrist-in-court/article8029586/
(Excerpt)
...a letter from Dr. Levin’s rabbi that said the psychiatrist is still respected and loved in the Jewish community. “His humble manner and complete lack of arrogance endeared him to everyone,” read the letter from Rabbi Yisroel Miller. “The bad does not erase all the good. I know all the goodness within him still remains. A prison term would be a death sentence for him.”

And like the Weberman case, there was even an alleged attempt to bribe, in this case by the doctor's wife:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/25/aubrey-levins-wife-charged-bribe-juror_n_2552573.html

No mention of the menuval's name. The pills might have reduced sex urges (doubtful), but not the urge for power. He did it, because he could. He also knew he could get away with it.

Posted by: Bas Melech | February 07, 2013 at 10:59 AM

What is your problem, the menuvals name is irelevent, the menuvalim are the one's that let him do this to children, Rabbonim and askonim and all you people that shun reporters of abuse

in a just world the parents would beat the pedo to death slowly, would beat those involved in 'handling' the situation to death quickly, and would sue for every penny from any institutions involved.

@Londoner
I agree with your comment. His name is important, so we know to stay away from him and who is protecting him and why.

Yerushalmis tend to ignore the issue. Their general attitude is that if you ignore a problem, it doesn't exist or goes away. Also, they believe that children forget wrongs done to them.

In addition, they believe that pills can regulate negative behaviors.

I know this from experience.

I forgot to add that many believe that the victim enticed the perp.

ah-pee-chorus-I always keep writing here that i would skin theese pedos alive slowly,they are beyond evil,i agree with you 1 thousand per cent of youre other poits,after 50 years my anger has increased exponentially,i hope you know what i am refering too.

jancsibacsi -

i do know, and there would be no greater justice and closure for victims than that.

despite everything youre doing great. my hats off to you.

Why do Israeli police keep pretending to be investigating crimes like this when we all know nothing will ever come of it?? Have they ever actually prosecuted and imprisoned such an abuser? Not to my knowledge!

Dov--
how true. Did you notice that Interpol is involved in the investigation too? Wonder where lese he's been

APC, I read on another blog a few years ago, that back in the "Old Country" (Eastern Europe), known pedophiles in the Jewish community were dragged out of the synagogue during Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services by two strong men, and drowned in the nearest lake or river. I am Sefardi, so I don't know of this custom. Has anyone on this website heard of this thing? Sounds like a good idea.

. Aubrey Levin has made a terrible chilul Hashem, he was trusted as a forensic psychiatrist and often provided the courts with reports. His sexual assault of victims was outrageous and captured on video. They had to bring in both a Crown and Judge from Edmonton for his trial. He played every dirty trick in the book to delay his trial which was by jury(not common here in Canada)and instead of taking 2 weeks took 4 months with all his dirty tricks. To top things of his wife has been charged with trying to bribe a juror (unheard of here in Canada) it’s all reported in the media.
Rabbi Miller (nephew of Reb Avigdor) wrote a letter in support of him stating "he is loved and respected" and a humble person. The press took him to task and reported his letter read in at his sentencing hearing.

Dave-

ive read that here too. i wonder if it happened and how often.

This is a most unfortunate story -- NY knows and sends him off without a "scarlet letter" pinned to him.
He should be stoned! No amount of teshuvah can slease him -- not even Red Heifer ashes.

Duvid Moshe

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