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April 12, 2013

Chabad Child Sex Abuse Scandal: Rabbi David Kramer Pleads Guilty

David Kramer mug shot 2012Rabbi David Kramer, the convicted pedophile extradited last year from the US to Australia to face charges of sexually abusing children at Chabad's Yeshivah College in Melbourne, pleaded guilty today.

David Kramer mug shot 2012
David Kramer

David Kramer, the convicted pedophile extradited last year from the US to Australia to face charges of sexually abusing children at Chabad's Yeshivah College in Melbourne, pleaded guilty today.

My sources tell me Kramer was pressured and bribed by Chabad to plead guilty, not to bring closure to the victims, but to keep him off the witness stand at trial, and to keep Chabad leaders off that same witness stand.

Why?

Because, as I reported a few days ago when I broke the story of the plea deal, what Kramer has to say is very embarrassing for Chabad and could even lead to further criminal charges against Chabad leaders, and what Chabad leaders would have to say at trial – if they told the truth – would be extremely incriminating for them personally and for Chabad.

Among the things the court would have heard is that Chabad of Australia's late leader, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, knowingly helped Kramer flee Australia.

Kramer was allowed to plead guilty to five counts of indecent assault and one count of committing an indecent act with or in the presence of a child under 16. Six of the original 12 charges were withdrawn as part of the plea deal.

The fact that Kramer pleaded guilty to so many charges indicates, I believe, that the police and prosecutors were not behind the deal and did not encourage it.

Tzedek CEO Manny Waks, the lead victim in the ongoing Chabad child sexual abuse scandal, issued the following statement after Kramer's plea was entered:

“Today’s development is an important milestone for the many victims and a watershed moment for the Australian Jewish community. David Kramer is the first perpetrator to be held accountable for his crimes against innocent children since this scandal broke in mid-2011 and the first within a Jewish institution as an employee.

Today’s developments will send out a strong message to our community; you will be brought to justice irrespective of how far back you committed these crimes. There is no immunity. Hopefully it will encourage some of his many other alleged victims to come forward – indeed, hopefully it will also encourage victims of other perpetrators within our community to seek justice for the abuse they endured.

We also hope that there is a similarly swift resolution in the other child sexual cases that are currently underway.

The victims whom I’ve spoken to are delighted with this outcome and feel a great sense of relief. Justice is finally being served – the perpetrator is finally being held to account. We hope and trust that he will get the sentence he deserves. I hope that once he is sentenced it will bring an element of closure to the brave victims who ensured justice is achieved. I call upon all the other alleged victims to try to muster the courage to hold him to account for the crimes he committed against them. For that matter, I encourage anyone who has been a victim of child sexual abuse to go to the police so that they too can achieve justice. Tzedek would be happy to assist in any way that we can. 

It’s truly amazing when you consider the fact that there are now multiple cases and investigations into numerous perpetrators within the Jewish community, with many victims in multiple cities in Australia – not just relating to the abuse itself but also to the cover-ups. It is particularly sad that this mainly involves the fervently Orthodox community.

The Jewish community must stand up to this scourge and respond in an unequivocal manner. We must say: Enough! No more silence.”

UPDATE 11:36 am CDT – The Herald Sun adds this key fact:

…Before he entered his plea Magistrate Amanda Chambers asked Kramer if he was certain of his decision.

“There's no problem, there's no pressure at all and everything is alright,” Kramer said via a video-link from a prison.

A prosecutor had told the magistrate that information had been received that Kramer may have been put under some pressure from a third party to enter his plea.…[emphasis added]

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So the victims are happy. Waks is happy - but birdbrain Shmarya would rather it would have gone to trial because "someone told me that..." and "my source said that..."

Did you all see him frothing at the mouth when his "exclusive" was reported in another paper - except, as was pointed out by many "it wasn't really reported quite like that."

Give it up little man. Your shoddy journalism just his a new low. Who thought that was possible?

LOL David4....

Only you and your fellow yeshivah apologists are happy it didn't go to trial....

The rest of us wanted all the dirt to come out at trial..

David4 –

Please.

For me to knows days ahead that Kramer would plead guilty means I know a lot more about what was going on. That might be confusing for someone as intellectually underpowered as you are, but most people grasp that if I reported the plea deal almost one week before it was made public and entered, and I said it resulted from Chabad pressure for the reasons I gave, I know what Im talking about.

Now as for you, little man, toddle off.

1) What qualifies Kramar as “Rabbi”? the fact that he was a teacher at a Jewish day school?

2) Where did you get this info that he is “Chabad”?

Shosh –

As always, you are confused. Try very hard to process: Kramer has smicha and was a Chabadnik when he committed the Australian child sexual abuse. Chabad protected him and helped him flee. And no matter how harrd your little mind tries to make those facts disappear, they will not do so.

Shmarya,

And your evidence is???

Shosh –

1. Being a thousand times smarter than you.

2. Knowing the case for years.

3. Knowing Chabad s hiring policy at the time Kramer was hired.

4. Knowing people who knew Kramer then.

5. Knowing people who knew Kramer after that.

Now toddle off.

Shmarya, grab a beer, say lechaim, smile and chill out…

Amazing humility :)….

@Shosh...

You miss the whole point here....

If Kramer is a Rabbi or Chabad is a moot point...

This is not even really about Kramer at all...

It's all about a Chabad school and the cover up which still continues till today...

It's about protecting the "Rabbi son of a baker" who if it all came out in court could face prosecution under Victorian Mandatory Reporting laws....

@Aussie

I wonder what the chances of " the locksmith" pleading guilty are now?

This is a good question....

From day 1 I said he'd fight this to the end....
I still think he will....

The Kramer case was as clear a cover up as one can find...Heck, they paid for his ticket to leave Australia....

And I hope that because of this the then 12 year old in USA sues Melb yeshivah and each of the trustees individually...

As we saw at the committal hearing they will deny they knew about Cyprys....

Trial starts soon so time will tell....

"It's all about a Chabad school and the cover up which still continues till today..."

Exactly.

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