Rabbi’s sex abuse case heads to court
By Laura Crimaldi • Boston Herald
A former Bay State rabbi is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on charges he sexually assaulted two 11-year-old students while he taught at the Maimonides School in Brookline during the 1970s.
Stanley Z. Levitt, 63, of Philadelphia, was indicted last month by a Suffolk County grand jury on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, prosecutors said. He will be arraigned during the magistrate session at Suffolk Superior Court.
In one instance, Levitt allegedly sexually assaulted an 11-year-old male student in his hospital room while the boy was recuperating at Children’s Hospital in Boston after an accident, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
A different 11-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted in three other attacks during a three-night visit to Levitt’s Chiswick Road home. All the alleged offenses occurred in 1975, Conley said.
Conley’s office learned of the allegations when the Children’s Hospital victim notified Boston police in September of last year.
In 2006, the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse was extended from 15 years to 27 years. Prosecutors, however, were able to bring charges against Levitt because the clock on the statute of limitations against him stopped when he left Massachusetts for Pennsylvania in 1980, Conley said.
Levitt has faced similar charges in Pennsylvania. Records from the First District Court of Pennsylvania show he was charged with indecent assault, corrupting a minor, endangering the welfare of children and indecent exposure in 2001.
He pleaded no contest to the charges of indecent assault and corrupting a minor, records show. The charges of indecent exposure and endangering the welfare of children were dropped.
Levitt's Philadelphia Court Documents (PDF file):
[Hat Tip: The Other DK.]