Child molester faces extradition to US

Avraham Mondrovitch convicted of five counts of sodomy and eight counts of indecent assault.

The State Attorney's Office's International Department petitioned the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday to extradite convicted child molester Avraham Mondrovitch to the US, Israel Radio reported. In 1984, the New York Supreme Court convicted Mondrovitch in his absence of five counts of sodomy and eight counts of indecent assault of children between the ages of nine and 15 in Brooklyn's haredi community. Mondrovitch, who allegedly abused the children while impersonating a child psychologist, escaped to Israel when police began investigating the case, and has been living freely in the country ever since. In the past, it was not possible to extradite Mondrovitch as the crimes he was charged with were not included in extradition agreements between Israel and the US. However, amendments to the agreements made in 2007 allow extradition for any crime which carries a punishment of at least one year's incarceration. Mondrovitch was arrested by police in cooperation with the Interpol two weeks ago. If extradited, he could face up to 32 years in prison.