Rabbi Baruch Lanner is allegedly moving to Boca Raton, Florida. Lanner physically, sexually and emotionally abused dozens – perhaps hundreds – of boys and girls during more than 40 years at the OU's NCSY youth movement and at least one day school.
Originally published at 9:59 pm CDT 10-29-11
Rabbi Baruch Lanner physically, sexually and emotionally abused dozens – perhaps hundreds – of boys and girls during more than 40 years at the OU's NCSY youth movement and at least one day school.
Lanner served time for child sex at the day school he taught at, and the OU – after extreme pressure – half heartedly 'cleaned up' its operation. Even though dozens of OU staffers knew about Lanner's crimes and did nothing to stop him because, as one said, Lanner's kiruv (outreach) was so good, no one was fired. Two or three senior OU staffers retired and one staffer left after several years of the OU patiently nudging him to. The rest stayed on.
According to a source in the Modern Orthodox community who is very close to this issue, Lanner is now planning on living in the Modern Orthodox community of Boca Raton, Florida where, so far, the rabbis have been silent about Lanner and his crimes.
According to this source, here's the law in Florida as it would apply to Lanner's residence:
§ 947. 1405 (7)(a)(2)
A sex offender whose victim was under 18 years old cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools or places where children congregate.
Lanner's son lives within 1000 feet of a Jewish school, I'm told, and Lanner will be staying there at least until he finds a place of his own.
The Lanner family nonsensically contends that Florida's law only applies to public schools – meaning Lanner can live next to a yeshiva, day school or synagogue because all are private religious institutions, and it appears they are ready to fight this out in court, if necessary.
So until you here differently, be careful, Boca Raton.
One of the worst serial child molesters in Jewish history is about to be your new neighbor, and your rabbis apparently are doing nothing to warn you or to stop it.
Update 2:10 pm CDT 10-30-11 – Here's Google Maps showing Lanner's son Chaim's house, and the public park, pool, and playgrounds that are all withing 1000 feet of it: