Haredi ultra-orthodox yeshiva students 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Two students at a West Bank yeshiva have accused a counselor of sexual
abuse. The counselor is also suspected of possibly carrying out similar
acts against students at a separate institution where he also taught.
first reported on the Kipa news website, two students at a boarding school gave
testimony earlier this month that the counselor touched their genitals when
waking them up in the morning. They also claimed that he told them to perform
sexual acts for his own gratification. Three other students also gave testimony
supporting the complaints.
The counselor was responsible for educational
activities during student leisure time and for waking the students up in the
After the students approached the staff with the claims, the
school decided to immediately suspend the counselor until further notice and
The teaching staff also convened a meeting with the students
to tell them why the counselor was being replaced.
According to the
school principal, who spoke with The Jerusalem Post
on Saturday night, the
school immediately contacted a welfare official on the day that the students
first made the allegations, and also contacted the police and Education
The police took the testimony of the five students and spoke
with the school staff, who provided complete cooperation.
In light of the
testimony, the police claim that the suspect carried out indecent acts on minors
through the exploitation of his authority.
He has been brought several
times this month for remand hearings in the Beersheba District Court and is
currently being held in custody.
The suspect denies the allegations and
claims that he carried out the acts attributed to him to teach the students
about modesty and sexuality as a continuation of lessons he had given them on