Above: Rabbi Shimon Amar
Haredi Rabbi Charged With Molesting And Sodomizing Girls Who Came To Him For Advice
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Yet another Orthodox rabbi has been arrested and charged with allegedly using his rabbinical position to sexually assault females who came to him for advice.
Criminal charges were filed today against Rabbi Shimon Amar, a Sefardi haredi rabbi from the southern Israeli town of Ofakim.
According to an Arutz Sheva report, the 36-year-old Amar, whose name was initially withheld, was arrested two weeks ago after several women filed police complaints alleging Amar had abused them several years earlier while they still minors.
Police say their investigation found that Amar groomed the girls and made them dependent on him. After that he molested and sodomized them over a long period of time.
"These heinous acts were committed by a person serving as the rabbi of victims who came to consult with him and trusted him without question. And he chose to manipulate them for his own personal needs,” Ofakim Chief of Police Kobi Mor reportedly told Israel’s Channel 10 News.
Amar denies the allegations.