Not guilty pleas en­tered for rabbi in school sex abuse case

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A judge on Tuesday en­tered not guilty pleas on be­half of a rabbi ac­cused of re­peat­edly rap­ing and mo­lest­ing a teenage boy who at­tended a school the rabbi founded and who was awarded $15 mil­lion in a civil law­suit on those al­le­ga­tions.

Rabbi Daniel Greer is ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the boy when he at­tended the Yeshiva of New Haven school from 2001 to 2005. Greer, who’s 77 years old, was a founder and prin­ci­pal of the school.

Greer ap­peared on Tuesday in New Haven Su­pe­rior Court, where Judge Pa­trick Clif­ford en­tered the not guilty pleas to felony charges of sexual as­sault and risk of in­jury to a mi­nor and con­tin­ued the case to Oct. 11.

Greer, who re­mains free on $100,000 bail he posted, de­clined to com­ment af­ter the hear­ing. His lawyer, Wil­liam Dow III, said they will try the case in court, not in the me­dia.

A fed­eral jury in May awarded $15 mil­lion in dam­ages to the for­mer stu­dent, who lives in New Jersey, in a civil law­suit against Greer and the school.

The for­mer stu­dent, Eliyahu Mirlis, who’s now 29 years old, al­leged in the law­suit that Greer sex­u­ally as­saulted him on school prop­erty, Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77, leaves New Haven Su­pe­rior Court in New Haven, Conn.

in the bed­room of Greer’s home and at mo­tels in Bran­ford and in Philadel­phia and Paoli, Penn­syl­va­nia, among other places.

The As­so­ci­ated Press gen­er­ally does not name peo­ple who say they’ve been sex­u­ally as­saulted, but Mirlis wanted to come for­ward, said his lawyer, An­to­nio Pon­vert.

The law­suit also al­leged Greer sex­u­ally abused at least

one other boy at the school.

Greer has filed a mo­tion for a new trial in the civil case, chal­leng­ing the ev­i­dence, the ver­dict and the award.

Greer is a grad­u­ate of Prince­ton Univer­sity and Yale Law School. He has tes­ti­fied be­fore the state leg­is­la­ture on a va­ri­ety of is­sues, in­clud­ing op­pos­ing same-sex unions in 2002 be­fore the state ap­proved same-sex mar­riage.

PETER HVIZDAK — NEW HAVEN REG­IS­TER VIA AP, FILE

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