The JTA reports:
…[A]ccording to a copy of the indictment, the charges against Mondrowitz included forced sodomy. As a result, claims Michael Lesher, a lawyer for several of Mondrowitz's alleged victims, Mondrowitz could have been extradited since 1988. A cable that year from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv obtained by Lesher similarly argues that a new Israeli law made the Mondrowitz case worth pursuing.
Nevertheless, Hynes did not pursue the case until this year. Critics charge that he was influenced by a group of Orthodox rabbis who informally advise him.
"I'm certain of that," Lesher said. "We know that the Orthodox community didn't want this case pursued. Even today I'm experiencing a lot of reluctance from rabbis familiar with the case." Hynes' office refused a request for comment.
Sexual abuse has been a mounting concern in the Orthodox community, a trend propelled by several high-profile cases of rabbis with long histories of abuse that allegedly were swept under the carpet by religious leaders.
In recent years the efforts of several activists, as well as a number of bloggers whose anonymity provided abuse victims with a venue to speak about their experiences with discretion, have brought a number of instances of abuse to light.…
Let's start a list. You can add names in the comments below, but only if you cite sources to support your contention. Here are four names to start:
- Rabbi Simcha Bunim Alter, Gerrer rebbe (until 1992).
- Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, Gerrer rebbe (until 1996).
- Rabbi Yakov Aryeh Alter, Gerrer rebbe (1996 –).
- Rabbi Herbert Bomzer, president of the Va'ad HaRAbbonim of Flatbush, who is also a member of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes Jewish council.
There are more nefarious rabbis out there waiting to be named. Who are they? Readers?