Chas­sid on sex-abuse charges

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

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.

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