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Jerusalem District Prosecutors on Tuesday recommended that Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein put Rabbi Mordechai (Motti) Elon on trial for carrying out indecent acts on two minors.
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The prosecutors passed on the recommendation to Weinstein after having come to the conclusion that the Police's opinion that Elon should be tried was correct. The police investigation into allegations made against Alon were completed in August.
Weinstein is expected to come to a decision on the issue in the coming days, Channel 10 reported.
Allegations of inappropriate behavior were first made against Elon by
the Takana forum in Febraury of last year. Takana is a rabbinical forum
that works to prevent sexual harassment in the national-religious
Upon hearing that Police found there was sufficient evidence to connect
Elon to the allegations, the rabbi's lawyer Yair Golan responded that "a
complete review will clarify that Rabbi Elon did not commit any crime,
and ultimately will not be indicted. The Rabbi will continue to fight
for the truth and his good name."
Evidence was found alleging Elon committed indecent acts with two minors, one of them by force.
Police had recently reopened the investigations after a former student of the charismatic rabbi accused him of sexual abuse.
An investigation that had been opened against Elon after the initial
allegations in February could not determine whether he had consensual
relations with adult students or had committed a criminal act.