Todros Grynhaus, 50, who has taught in Jewish schools, is accused of exposing himself to one alleged victim he was ‘obsessed’ with, treating her as a ‘plaything’ and taking her to a hotel where he abused her in a jacuzzi. He is said to have told another ‘vulnerable’ girl ‘you may as well make yourself useful’ as he subjected her to a sex attack. Grynhaus fled bail in Manchester using a false passport and tried to hide in Israel. He was eventually spotted, reported to British police and then deported back to England to stand trial.
Trial Of Haredi Teacher Who Allegedly Sexually Abused Young Teen Girls Begins In Manchester
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The trial of Todros Grynhaus, the 50-year-old haredi teacher who allegedly sexually abused two young minor female students, has begun in Manchester, England.
Grynhaus – a married father of 10 children and the son of a prominent haredi rabbi – allegedly exposed himself to one alleged victim he was ‘obsessed’ with, the Manchester Evening News reported. Grynhaus reportedly treated her as his ‘plaything’ and brought her to a hotel where he sexually abused her in a jacuzzi.
He allegedly told another alleged victim “you may as well make yourself useful” as he sexually assaulted her.
“It is, you will hear, a closed community…and in this community Todros Grynhaus was, on the surface, a man to be respected. Son of a rabbi, he taught at various Jewish schools in the UK and abroad,” prosecutor Alistair Webster reportedly told the court.
Complainant #1 allegedly was sexually assaulted by Grynhaus 20 times and suffered other non-physical sex-related abuse from the age of 13- to 15-years-old. Grynhaus allegedly insisted on seeing her in a bra, and after that committed the first sex assault.
“She told him repeatedly she didn’t want to do it, she knew it was wrong. He tried to reassure her, saying ‘its really not too bad, give it a try.’He forced her,” Webster, the prosecutor said.
Webster also noted that the closed haredi community does not normally report crimes to police.
“There was absolutely no tradition of going with such matters to the police and virtually no sex education [for girls in that community]. Imagine the position in which these two youngsters found themselves. The likely effect of them making a report [to police] - each one would be regarded as something called a moser - a ‘grass’ - and effectively ostracized,” Webster reportedly told the court.
Grynhaus, who denies all the charges against him, allegedly told police during his interrogation that informers “ruined their lives” and would be “shunned by the [haredi] community.”
Grynhaus jumped bail and fled to Israel on a false passport. He was spotted there and reported to British police. The British government asked Israel to deport Grynhaus or extradite him back to Manchester to stand trial and, after a legal battle, Grynhaus was deported in October.