Sex as­sault case is thrown out

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY BERNARD JOSEPHS

A CHAREDI To­rah scribe and trainee rabbi ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 12-year-old boy in a syn­a­gogue lava­tory was ac­quit­ted on Mon­day when the prose­cu­tion at Snares­brook Crown Court said that they had no ev­i­dence against him.

The charges against Moshe Re­ich- man, 24, from Gold­ers Green, who pleaded not guilty, were dis­missed by the judge Mr Jus­tice Birts.

Coun­sel for the prose­cu­tion, Cather­ine Mil­son, told the court that the boy — who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons — was cur­rently in Is­rael with fam­ily friends and that his fa­ther had said there were no plans for him to re­turn to the UK to give ev­i­dence..

The judge dis­missed the four charges re­lat­ing to events that al­legedly took place four years ago.

They in­cluded rap­ing a child un­der the age of 13, sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child and two charges of in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

Mr Re­ich­man’s bar­ris­ter, Jonathan Gold­berg QC, said his client had al­ways main­tained his com­plete in­no­cence.

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