Man­hel­dover ‘sex at­tack on daugh­ter’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

A MEM­BER of New York’s Or­tho­dox com­mu­nity has been charged with se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences against his daugh­ter, a girl who spent sev­eral years at school in Manch­ester.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors have also moved to keep the man in cus­tody un­til his trial be­cause they feared he would at­tempt to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses and flee the coun­try.

The man and his fam­ily lived for a time in Bri­tain’s strictly Or­tho­dox com­mu­nity and in other coun­tries.

H e w a s f o r - mally in­dicted on a to­tal of five charges of trans­port­ing a mi­nor to en­gage in or for the pur­pose of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

The girl con­cerned is now in her late twen­ties. The fa­ther faces up to 10 years’ im­pris­on­ment on each count if con­victed.

The in­dict­ment states that the man al­legedly started abus­ing the girl when she was aged nine. He al­legedly en­gi­neered trips be­tween Amer­ica and other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Is­rael, in or­der that he could be alone with her.

He is claimed to have abused her, said the in­dict­ment, “on a weekly, and some­times daily, ba­sis”.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the girl had been brought to Manch­ester in the 1990s and en­rolled in a school.

But her fa­ther in­sisted that she went abroad with him for Pe­sach.

The in­dict­ment stated: “While the vic­tim was at­tend­ing school in Eng­land, the de­fen­dant in­sisted that she re­turn home for the hol­i­days and, when she re­fused, he at­tempted to kid­nap her from a fam­ily that tried to pro­tect her.

“Dur­ing the at­tempted kid­nap­ping, the de­fen­dant forced his way into the home of a rabbi and phys­i­cally as­saulted him and his wife.”

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice have no record of any such as­sault. The pros­e­cu­tors al­lege that ev­ery time his al­leged abuse was threat­ened with ex­po­sure by mem­bers of his com­mu­nity, he moved home.

When the girl fi­nally con­fronted him, he al­legedly told her he would avoid prose­cu­tion by mov­ing to Brazil or Casablanca.

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