Above: Rabbi Todros Grynhaus
Accusations Are Revenge And Extortion Attempt, Haredi Alleged Child Sex Abuser Tells Court
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Alleged child sex abuser Rabbi Todros Grynhaus claims the allegations made against him by two young teen haredi girls were made out of revenge and in a bid to try to extort money from him, The JC reported.
Grynhaus, a haredi father of ten children, told a court in Manchester that when the allegedly false allegations were made and he was first arrested, he was shamed and illegally fled to Israel when he was released on bail to avoid more shame and disgrace being brought on his family.
The prosecution alleges the 50-year-old Grynhaus, a teacher in a haredi school and the son of a prominent haredi rabbi, molested the two girls when they were between the ages of 13- and 15-years-old. Grynhaus, prosecutors say, relied on the haredi community’s "resentment" of reporting matters to the police – its prohibition against mesirah, informing – to keep the crimes secret and himself out of prison.
Grynhaus was eventually spotted in Israel and reported to British authorities, who confirmed his presence in the country and asked for his extradition, which Grynhaus unsuccessfully fought. After almost two years on the run, he was finally returned to Britain earlier this year.
Grynhaus’ wife and father testified on his behalf.
“He is highly respected. We left for Israel in February 2013 and it was traumatic for the children when we first heard about the allegations of sexual abuse. We have a happy marriage and love each other,” Leah Grynhaus, who along with her children joined her husband in Israel, testified.
“I have a good relationship with my son. He is obedient and respectful,” the London-based father of Grynhaus, Rabbi Dayan Dovid Grynhaus, told the court.
Grynhaus is charged with five counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault, all of which allegedly took place between June 1996 and March 2005.
After hearing all the testimony, the judge instructed the jury and discussed the testimony given by Grynhaus’ supporters.
“What you have to decide is whether they are giving evidence in order to help you in revealing the truth or whether they are giving evidence out of a misguided loyalty which is not accurate,” the judge reportedly said.
The jury is still in deliberations.