Forty-eight-year-old Chabad Rabbi Aryeh "Larry" Dudovitz was convicted today on child sex abuse charges in a bench trial. Although many Orthodox and Chabad rabbis in Chicago knew Dudovitz had confessed to the crime to the CRC's beit din, not one of the rabbis reported Dudovitz to police and Chabad allegedly stymied the original police investigation.
Above right: Rabbi Aryeh Leib Dudovitz; above: Dudovitz, first adult at the left foreground of the photo, at a farbrengen for young boys held in his home in 2006
Chabad Rabbi Convicted Of Aggravated Criminal Sex Assault Against 15-Year-Old-Boy
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Forty-eight-year-old Chabad Rabbi Aryeh "Larry" Dudovitz was convicted today on child sex abuse charges in a bench trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Dudovitz, a Chabad messianist from Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood, sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy nine years ago. In October 2006, Dudovitz went to the boy's family home for Sukkot and got the boy drunk. The boy became ill and fell asleep, only to wake up to find Dudovitz performing a sex act on him.
Dudovitz reportedly confessed to the beit din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council after the boy reported the assault to his mother, and several prominent rabbis testified today that Dudovitz admitted sexually assaulting the boy. None of those rabbis, however, reported the crime to police.
Police were notified nine years ago shortly after the assault took place, but Chabad appears to have successfully interceded at that time to block the criminal investigation.
Dudovitz was finally arrested 2-1/2 years ago.
Today, Judge Evelyn Clay found Dudovitz guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault and Dudovitz was immediately taken into custody.
Once he gives his passport to the court, Clay said she would release him with the stipulation he wear an electronic monitoring device until his sentencing.