The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe of Borough Park Rabbi Yakov Yitzchak Roth
Shomrei Emunim Rebbe Arrested In Brooklyn By NYPD Sex Crimes Detectives
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A hasidic rebbe from Jerusalem is reportedly under arrest in New York tonight.
Rabbi Yakov Yitzchak Roth – one of the four Shomrei Emunim rebbes – allegedly hid his Israeli sex crimes record in order to get a US visa and immigrate to New York.
Roth was arrested yesterday in Borough Park by the NYPD’s Special Victims Squad (SVU), the New York Post reported.
Roth had been in the US since late August. He reportedly swore on his visa application that he had never been arrested or convicted.
But as FailedMessiah.com extensively reported at the time, six months earlier Roth had finished serving a 16-year sentence on a 1997 conviction for raping, sodomizing and sexually assaulting a child relative.
“The current allegations are just allegations and have not been proven,” Roth’s attorney, Shulamis Peltz reportedly said.
Roth reportedly has a bail hearing scheduled for Monday in Brooklyn’s Federal Courthouse.
Roth’s father, the late Shomrei Emunim Rebbe, passed away last year. His will asked that all four of his sons – even the imprisoned pedophile rapist Yakov Yitzchak – be made rebbes in their own right after his passing.
Yakov Yitzchak Roth’s ascension to hasidic rebbe shocked his former cellblock inmates, many of whom were clear in their belief that he was not suited for the job.
Roth moved to the US to set up a hasidic court here after failing to successfully establish himself in Israel after his release from prison six months ago – even though he had the backing prominent hasidic rabbis at that time.