Rabbi Mordechai Elon 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Police recently reopened criminal investigations based on sexual abuse
allegations made against Rabbi Mordechai “Motti” Elon, it was reported
A former student of the charismatic rabbi accused him of
sexual abuse, which sparked the new scrutiny. Police expect to present their
findings to the state attorney within a few weeks.
An investigation had
been opened against Elon about six months ago, but officers could not determine
whether he had consensual relations with adult students or had committed a
criminal act, Channel 10 reported.
The allegations first came to light in
February after Takana, a rabbinical forum that investigates sexual abuse in the
religious community, posted a message on its Web site demanding that Elon step
down from all rabbinical, teaching and community responsibilities, and warned
that he was a threat to the public.
Takana also posted a statement that
Elon had been accused of having sexual relations with male students in the
Also in February, Takana member Rabbi Yuval Cherlow told Army Radio
that Elon had admitted to the acts during an emergency meeting, adding that the
rabbi’s confession had been documented in the forum’s protocol.
said that since the accusations against Elon had been made public, 10 additional
former students filed complaints against him to the forum.
contributed to this report.