Convicted child sex abuser Todros Grynhaus, a prominent haredi businessman and former teacher who is the son of one of Britain’s top haredi rabbis, is “an utter hypocrite” who wore Orthodoxy like a mask as he was “cynically condemning his victims to suffer,” a judge said today as he sentenced the 50-year-old Grynhaus to 13 years and two months in prison.
Above: Todros Grynhaus
Todros Grynhaus Gets 13 Years In Prison For Child Sex Assaults
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Convicted child sex abuser Todros Grynhaus, a prominent haredi businessman and former teacher who is the son of one of Britain’s top haredi rabbis, is “an utter hypocrite” who wore Orthodoxy like a mask as he was “cynically condemning his victims to suffer,” a judge said today as he sentenced the 50-year-old Grynhaus to 13 years and two months in prison, The JC reported.
Grynhaus must also pay the two women, who were underage teenage girls when the sex assaults took place, compensation: £45,000 ($70,000) to one victim and £35,000 ($54,000) to the other. Grynhaus must also pay £35,000 ($54,000) in court costs and will have to register as a sex offender.
“This was a refined degree of cruelty on your part. You knew what you were doing and you knew what harm you would cause. You are an utter hypocrite. You professed your religion whilst cynically condemning your victims to suffer and giving false evidence seeking to cast blame on them,” Justice Timothy Holroyde reportedly told Grynhaus.
“I have no doubt that you felt able to rely on a prevailing attitude of insularity which you hoped would prevent these allegations from ever coming to the attention of the police,” the judge continued. “You hoped that, at worse, you might have to pay a form of financial penalty as directed at the Beth Din. You believed that the combination of the girls’ sexual ignorance and the attitudes of some within your community would make it even harder for your victims to complain about you, and you came close to getting away with it.
“Even when the allegations were reported to the police,” the judge continued, “I am afraid the evidence I have heard shows that many in your community were taken in by your lying protestations of innocence. Others will have to examine their own consciences, and should reflect that, but for the courage of your two victims, your serious crimes would have gone unpunished.
“You are a highly intelligent man,” the judge told Grynhaus. “You knew the consequences of your wicked actions. You saw the distress of the witnesses during the trial. You could have spared them that additional harm but you chose to brazen it out, twice giving evidence which you now admit was untrue. In my judgement there is a significant risk you will commit further sexual offenses against a girl or girls.”
Grynhaus, who is described as being “dangerous” and “highly manipulative,” sexually molested the girls when they were between the ages of 13 and 16. Internal haredi community efforts to deal with the accusations against Grynhaus failed, in part because Grynhaus at first lied about them. And even when it became clear Grynhaus had done something inappropriate to the girls, some haredi rabbis continued to support him and worked to supress any move to involve police.
When police were contacted by one of the victims and Grynhaus was arrested and released on bail, he immediately fled the country on a false passport and hid in Israel. But he was spotted there by a British national familiar with the case who reported his location to British authorities, who then asked Israel to arrest Grynhaus and extradite or deport him. Grynhaus then used a number of deceptions, including falsely claiming to be a citizen of a third country which lacked an extradition treaty with Britain or Israel, in the hopes he would be deported there rather than to Britain.
But after all of his appeals were lost and his lies exposed, Grynhaus was deported to Britain to stand trial, which ended in a hung jury. Grynhaus was retried and convicted of six counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.
In the period leading up to the trial, both of the victims were threatened by members of the haredi community in an attempt to get them to recant the charges against Grynhaus.