Monday, April 12, 2010

10 2/3 to 32 For Lebovits in Molestation Case

A young man who was molested as a teenager has seen justice delivered in a Brooklyn courtroom. Baruch Lebovits, who wears the clothing of a rabbi had no visible reaction as The Honorable Patricia M. Di Mango sentenced him to 10 and 2/3 to 32 years in prison for 8 charges of child molestation. Yerachmiel Lopin of the Frum Follies blog reported as follows on his web site.

“Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Baruch Lebovits, to 10-and-two-thirds to 32 years in prison for sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy on eight occasions in 2004 and 2005.

On March 8, Lebovits was convicted of eight counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, a Class-E Felony. Today he was sentenced to the maximum sentence on each count, one-and-a-third to four years, to run consecutively, for a total of 10-and-two-thirds to 32 years.

The victim knew Lebovits as a rabbi and prominent businessman in the Borough Park community, where they both lived.

Lebovits is also charged in two other cases of sexual assaults on minors. Those cases are pending.”

The Lebowits case is a landmark in the Orthodox Jewish world. For years, complaints of this nature were usually referred to religious tribunals. In another time, there would be one united rabbinical court in a city, with powers to levy punishment for criminal offenses. In modern times... Click here for the rest of the article on Sphere: Related Content

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