Police in Sydney, Australia have arrested and charged a 49-year-old businessman, Daniel "Gug" Hayman, with charges related to child sexual abuse allegedly carried out at a camp affiliated with Chabad’s Yeshiva Centre in Bondi.
Daniel "Gug" Hayman
Businessman Arrested In Chabad Child Sex Abuse Case
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Police in Sydney, Australia have arrested and charged a 49-year-old businessman, Daniel "Gug" Hayman, with charges related to child sexual abuse allegedly carried out at a camp affiliated with Chabad’s Yeshiva Centre in Bondi, The Age reported.
The alleged abuse took place in 1985 and 1986. The two alleged male victims were 14- and 16-years-old at the time of the alleged abuse, which allegedly took place while Hayman was working as a senior counselor at a Chabad camp run by the Yeshiva Centre.
Hayman, who was approximately 21- to 22-years old at the time the alleged abuse took place, was charged with two counts of gross indecency and was refused bail.
The Age reports that Hayman’s arrest and charging is “likely to put some of Australia's most senior rabbinical figures under scrutiny over their failures to act on complaints from victims. Despite complaints, Hayman was never reported to police and left Australia to live in Los Angles Jewish community, where leaders again acted to shield him.”
Hayman was reportedly a director of a major Jewish educational organization in Australia “for several years after his alleged sexual abuse of boys” was reported to Chabad Yeshiva officials.
Hayman reportedly told one of his alleged victims recently that the head of Chabad in Sydney, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, chastised him about his relationship with a boy about 25-years-ago.
Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, the leader of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, publicly apologized in March for his failure to report Hayman to police in the 1980s.
Feldman claims he has no memory of any child sex abuse that may have taken place 25 years ago.
Rabbi Baruch Lesches, former senior Chabad rabbi in Sydney who now is a senior Chabad rabbi in Monsey, New York, was recorded earlier this year asserting that some of Hayman's alleged victims may have consented to the sex. He also warned that Hayman should not be reported to police.
Police reportedly formed Strike Force Bungo last year to investigate child sexual abuse in the Jewish community in east Sydney.
Police urge anyone with information to call (inside Australia) Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or (internationally or locally) visit their website.
Hayman has reportedly lived in Los Angeles for the past several years.
A press release on teh arrest from Tzedek, the Australian anti-child-sex-abuse organization:
5 November 2013
Tzedek is pleased to confirm that alleged paedophile Gug Hayman has been arrested in relation to a number of child sexual abuse allegations regarding two victims. This relates to crimes committed within Chabad’s Yeshiva Centre in Sydney.
Several day ago Tzedek tipped off NSW Police that Gug Hayman was visiting Sydney from his current home in Los Angeles.
We call upon anyone with any information to assist the police with their investigation.
These developments are yet further proof of the magnitude of the ongoing child sexual abuse scandal that has recently plagued the Australian Jewish community. So far the arrests have only involved the Victorian Jewish community, predominantly Chabad’s Yeshivah Centre. Three perpetrators have already been imprisoned for their crimes – former Yeshivah Rabbi David Kramer, former Maccabi coach Shannon Francis and former Yeshivah security guard David Cyprys (who will be sentenced in the coming weeks). Another alleged perpetrator from Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre is shortly due to face court for numerous charges against multiple victims, which were allegedly committed over the past few years.
We look forward to seeing justice for the courageous victims in the Hayman case.
We also expect that an investigation will be carried out in relation to what the Sydney Yeshiva leadership was aware of and their response – we expect that everyone will be held to full account for their actions or inactions.
Tzedek is aware of many other allegations within the Australian Jewish community, mainly regarding perpetrators from within both the Chabad Melbourne and Sydney Yeshiva(h) communities. Some of the allegations include the cover up of the abuse by senior figures within these communities. Unfortunately there are still a number of barriers that are preventing victims and survivors of these crimes from going to the police. For example, the issue of messira (“collaborating” with the police) still has an impact. Also, the way victims, their families and supporters are treated by some exacerbate the problem. We sincerely hope that the Orthodox Rabbinic leadership will address some of these issues (as some have already done so). We acknowledge the recent great work of Rabbi Moshe Gutnick in this area.
Tzedek has been working closely with the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We hope and expect that more revelations will be forthcoming in due course.
Tzedek believes that the only way the Jewish community can move forward is by publicly exposing what has transpired within our community over the past few decades – despite the shame and hurt that these revelations are causing. We must acknowledge and take responsibility for the past for the sake of justice and for the sake of the victims and survivors. It will also ensure we prevent such a situation from arising again.
Enough! No more silence.