Israeli police have launched an investigation after a former student of a haredi girls school filed a complaint alleging that the school’s principal sexually assaulted her and other students. Haredi leaders allegedly tried to cover up the crimes.
Cops Launch Investigation Into Haredi Principal After Former Student Says She was Sexually Assaulted
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israeli police have launched an investigation after a former student of a haredi girls school in the Sharon District filed a complaint alleging that the school’s principal sexually assaulted her.
Ynet reports that the girl also claims that other students were sexually assaulted by the principal, and that the principal resigned after a rabbinic court issued a ruling forbidding the principal to enter the school.
Update 1:50 pm CST – Ynet's updated story:
Principal suspected of sexually assaulting students
Former student in haredi establishment accuses principal of indecent acts, says others assaulted too. Police suspect senior haredi leaders tried to keep affair under wraps
Eli Senyor • Ynet
A principal of a haredi educational establishment and certified rabbi is suspected of sexually assaulting his female students, Ynet learned Tuesday. It is suspected that senior haredi leaders and politicians tried to keep the affair, which is now under police investigation, under wraps.
Earlier this week, a former student at a Central Israel establishment for girls filed a police complaint against the principal. The girl claimed he sexually harassed her, performed indecent acts on her and had non-consensual sexual relations with her.
She told investigators that the suspect performed similar acts on other students. Police learned that word of the affair is already circulating in the haredi community and that community leaders including politicians tried to keep it under wraps. Police are also keeping mum and refusing to comment at this stage.
A court recently banned the suspect, who had signed a letter of resignation, from entering the educational establishment's premises. The judges based their decision on photos, documents and other evidence supporting the allegations against him.
[Hat Tip for the updated Ynet article: Avrooom!]