That's what a victim calls Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz, who fled Brooklyn with the encouragement and help of Orthodox and haredi rabbis in 1985, hours ahead of what would have been his arrest for raping boys. Mondrowiz fled, eventaually going to Canada and from there to Israel where his Gerrer hasidic community welcomed him with open arms, and a series of politically powerful Gerrer rebbes protected him. His extradition to the US was rejected by Israel two times, once becase raping boys was not a crime specifically covered by Israel's extradition treaty with the US, and then again in 2007 after the treaty finally changed. But Israel's High Court rejected the second extradition request in 2010, ruling that too much time had passed from the point of the crimes for Mondrowitz to get a fair trial. It ruled that even though child porn was found on Mondrowitz's computer by Israeli police in 2007.
The story of how Israeli police knew to look on Mondrowitz's computer for the child porn will have to wait to another time. Suffice it to say that it wasn't because they were on the case.
Here's an excerpt from the New York Post's story. For some reason, the Post eliminated the fact that rabbis encouraged him to flee Brooklyn – a fact some of the rabbis admitted and which Israel's state prosecutors mentioned in court:
…[Avrohom Mondrowitz] was indicted in 1985 on charges of sexual abuse and sodomy against four Italian-American boys, ages 11 to 16, who lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
Detectives also found many Orthodox Jewish boys who sobbed as they told of horrific sexual assaults by a man they trusted, but their families wouldn’t let them press charges. Community pressure to keep shameful allegations secret continues to shield child molesters today, advocates and law-enforcement authorities say.
“He got away with it,” said a spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes.
The Post last week spotted Mondrowitz, 64, cloaked in religious garb, in Nachlaot, a hip, Greenwich Village-type neighborhood in central Jerusalem near his apartment on Yizreel Street. He wears a façade of piety and respectability, even leading prayer services at a local synagogue. But documents show he has indulged his penchant for child porn and continued to seek contact with troubled kids.
Multiple e-mails copied from his computer and turned over to the FBI show that Mondrowitz trolled child-porn Web sites, buying access to titles such as ErectXboys, SchoolBoys, Boy Heaven and Boys Lagoon.…
The Post also has another piece on haredi child sexual abuse today, this one on Rabbi Gershon Kranczer:
They may run, and it seems they can hide.
Brooklyn rabbi Gershon Kranczer, 58, hopped a JFK flight to Tel Aviv on Nov. 29, 2010, running away just days before cops went to his Midwood house of horrors to arrest him on charges of repeatedly raping several female relatives. One of his sons, Asher, 21, facing similar charges, joined his dad on the plane.
More than 18 months later, their Brooklyn indictments are sealed from public view and authorities won’t discuss any efforts to bring them to justice.
A spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes said he asked the US Justice Department to extradite the Kranczers in early 2011, a move purportedly in the works.
The feds refused to comment.…