Chassid on sex-abuse charges
A CHASSIDIC Jew faces extradition to the United States on charges of sexually abusing numerous young boys in his care — 23 years after fleeing to Israel.
Abraham Mondrowitz was arrested on Friday morning in Jerusalem and remanded for 12 days.
The 60-year-old, from the ultra-strict Gur sect, was a child therapist in Brooklyn in the early 1980s, popular among religious parents with “problematic” children. Many of those children have since accused Mondrowitz of sexually attacking them while under his care. Police began investigating him in late 1984, but when officers arrived at his home to arrest him, Mr Mondrowitz had already fled, crossing to Canada from where he flew to Israel.
Due to a loophole in the extradition treaty between Israel and the US, he managed to evade justice, living in the Nahlaot neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
Following changes in the extradition treaty and renewed pressure from alleged victims, the US Justice Department renewed the extradition process in September. Last Friday at dawn, Mr Mondrowitz was arrested at his home. On Sunday he was brought, handcuffed, to the Jerusalem Peace Court, where his arrest was set for 12 days pending his possible extradition.