Avrohom Mondrowitz, a Gur Hasid suspected of sexually abusing Haredi children in the United States, was arrested Friday morning pending extradition orders to the U.S.
Mondrowitz fled the U.S. over 20 years and has been hiding in Israel ever since. The U.S. Justice Department two months ago submitted a request to Israel to extradite the suspect.
The spokesman of the Justice Ministry confirmed the arrest.
Mondrowitz, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect who styles himself a rabbi and a psychologist, was a highly influential figure in the Gur community of Brooklyn in the early 1980s.
Police suspect Mondrowitz sexually abused children brought to him as patients, including with acts of sodomy. In many cases, the parents were waiting in the next room for the treatment to end, so they could take the children home. Those are the facts as collected by the Brooklyn police and told by the children.
An arrest warrant was issued for Mondrowitz in 1984, but when police arrived at his Brooklyn home to arrest him, they found it empty. An indictment was drawn in 1985, but Mondrowitz was able to evade arrest due to the complications of extradition.
The back story of this whole affair should be told, especially the moves over the past year or so that led to today's arrest, but I don't think that story will be told for some time.
Suffice with these words: Speak truth to power.
The people (almost all non-Orthodox or formerly Orthodox) who did that tirelessly, working behind the scenes, giving of their time, money and effort, made today's arrest a reality. You don't know their names; you may never know them. But their work has snared a monster.
Learn from them – speak truth to power.