Todros Grynhaus, a 50-year-old former teacher in haredi girls’ schools, come from a prominent British haredi rabbinic family. He is accused of five counts of alleged indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault against two girls committed when they were 14- and 15-years-old.
Above: Todros Grynhaus
Jury In Trial Of Accused Child Molester Todros Grynhaus Begins Deliberations As Senior Rabbinic Judge Says Proper Punishment For Sex Abuse Is A “Good Dressing Down” By A Beit Din
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The jury in the molestation trial of Todros Grynhaus has begun its deliberations with instructions from the judge that only an unanimous verdict will be accepted, The JC reported.
“You have as much time as you want, and as much time as you need,” Justice Holroyde told them.
Grynhaus, a 50-year-old former teacher in haredi girls’ schools, come from a prominent British haredi rabbinic family. He is accused of five counts of alleged indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault against two girls committed when they were 14- and 15-years-old. Grynhaus denies the charges.
But Grynhaus jumped bail before that and fled to Israel on a false passport. He was spotted there by someone familiar with the charges against him and reported to British authorities who asked Israel for his return.
Grynhaus tried to get Israeli citizenship – it was denied – and then falsely claimed to be a citizen of third country and provided false documents to prove it. He wa eventually deported to England and put on trial.
That trial, in February 2015, ended in a hung jury.
Grynhaus's father, Rabbi Dayan Dovid Grynhaus, told the court during the trial in defense of his son that sexual abuse in the haredi community was “traditionally something that should be dealt with as sin, not something to be reported to the police.” But over the past several years, Dayan Grynhaus said, his views on that had evolved.
Asked what punishment would be given by the haredi community internally for committing sexual abuse, Grynhaus gave an answer familiar to many haredi victims and advocates – and answer that has for decades, if not centuries, perpetuated the rape and abuse of children.
“It would be seen he was never in a position to repeat such things. Safeguards would be put in place. Punishment would be a good dressing down by the Beth Din,” Grynhaus replied.