Rabbi Moti Elon denies indecent acts after indictment

"I never, heaven forfend, carried out any acts, with sexual intent toward any of my students," rabbi claims in press conference.

November 3, 2011 21:25
Rabbi Mordechai Elon.

Rabbi Mordechai Elon 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )


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Rabbi Moti Elon on Thursday responded for the first time to an indictment filed against him on Wednesday, denying charges that he exploited his position as a revered figure in carrying out indecent offenses against two minors.

"I never, heaven forfend, carried out any acts, with sexual intent toward any of my students," Elon stated at a press conference.

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"Any foolish attempt to claim that I confessed to such an act is a loathsome and coarse lie," he added.

The indictment against Elon came after the rabbi turned down a plea bargain.

Following Elon's comments, the Justice Ministry spokesman said in a statement that the State Attorney's Office had not approached Elon's attorney or made contact with Elon in order to come to any agreement with him.

"The other things [Elon ] said will be addressed in court," said the Justice Ministry.

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