Haredi Yeshiva Student Faces As Much As Life In Prison For Alleged Child Sex Assault
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A haredi yeshiva student, 29-year-old Haim Boukris of South Fallsburg, New York, was arrested April 23 on a sealed indictment, the Times Herald-Record reported. A married Israeli citizen who is studying for smicha (rabbinic ordination) in a haredi yeshiva in South Fallsburg, Bourkis is charged with three counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree sexual abuse – all felonies.
His alleged victim, a male, was 11 years old when the assault allegedly took place in 2011.
Predatory sexual assault against a child carries a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a maximum of 25 years to life.
A judge reduced Bourkis’ bail from $1 million to $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond, and ordered Boukris to surrender his passport.
Boukris reportedly voluntarily turned over the passports of his wife and four children, as well.
“We’re certain that he will be vindicated of the charges. They’re baseless, and we’re anxious for a speedy trial,” Bourkis’ attorney Kenneth Gribetz said.
Boukris reportedly posted $200,000 cash bail and was released at 2:08 pm yesterday.