Yeshiva teacher suspected of abuse

J'lem teacher to be remanded for allegedly molesting teenaged pupils.

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
July 3, 2006 12:58
Yeshiva teacher suspected of abuse

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A Jerusalem yeshiva teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting teenage students in a city yeshiva, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old suspect was apprehended late Sunday after a 20-year-old former yeshiva student complained to police that the teacher had repeatedly sexually abused him during his bar mitzvah lessons seven years ago.

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The suspect confessed to the allegations against him, and even admitted to sexually abusing other 12-15-year-old male pupils as well, Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. During his interrogation, the teacher said that he committed the acts because he was "hot-blooded" and "not calm," the police said. The suspected sexual predator was remanded in custody for four days by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ahead of his indictment. A court gag order bars publication of the suspect's name and that of the Talmud Torah yeshiva he teaches at. Police were trying to locate the teacher's other young victims.

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