It’s getting dirty. An attorney for a 65-year-old Teaneck Orthodox rabbi with a history of molestation charges, Uzi Rivlin, are accusing one of the rabbi’s two teenage accusers of making up charges that his own father molested him.
Teaneck Rabbi Charged With Child Sexual Abuse Had Previous Arrest For Pedophilia-Related Charges, Still Taught In Jewish School
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
It’s getting dirty.
An attorney for a 65-year-old Teaneck Orthodox rabbi with a history of molestation charges, Uzi Rivlin, is accusing one of the rabbi’s two teenage accusers of making up charges that his own father molested him, NorthJersey.com reported.
Rivlin is supposed to stand trial next month on charges of child sexual-assault.
Prosecutors told the trial judge yesterday that Rivlin was arrested in 2000 in New York City and charged with sexual assault, child endangerment and public lewdness. He was allowed to plead guilty to public lewdness, a misdemeanor charge.
A defense attorney told the judge about the alleged false allegations made in Israel by one of the alleged victims against his own father and about an allegation that the teenage boy tried to sexually assault a teenage girl during the same period of time that Rivlin was allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing him.
The two teen alleged victims of Rivlin are Israelis who were brought to Teaneck over the summers of 2009 and 2010 by a foundation Rivlin started to benefit Israeli youth.
After returning to Israel, the boys made the accusations against Rivlin separately to police there. After investigating, Israeli police contacted the FBI which in turn notified Bergen County prosecutors.
How much, if any, of the new information against Rivlin and the alleged child victim will be admitted as evidence at trial is yet to be determined.
Rivlin’s attorney asked the judge to dismiss the indictment against Rivlin, arguing that prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence to the grand jury.
The judge denied his request.
Indictments are rarely dismissed due to lack of evidence presented to a grand jury because the law in most jurisdictions only requires a grand jury to have prima facia evidence – essentially superficial evidence – to indict.
There are, however, other points in the legal process when a judge can dismiss or “throw out” the charges against a defendant, the most common of which is after the prosecution has finished putting on its case at trial.
Rivlin taught at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, NY and perhaps at other schools in the area.
It is unclear whether or not the Temple was aware of Rivlin’s 2000 New York City arrest and its result, but the school does not do comprehensive background checks on all employees.
Rivlin faces up to 10 years in prison on the top Bergen County charge against him, followed by lifelong parole.