AFP AUDIO INTERVIEW
In December, the Brooklyn, New York District Attorney, with a long history of turning a blind eye to child sex predators in the close-knit Orthodox Jewish community, announced sweeping pedophilia charges against nearly 100 Orthodox Jews, men and women.
A good start, for a community that “requires anyone alleging sex abuse by a fellow observant Jew to first report to its rabbis, who decide whether the case should go to secular authorities.” Trouble is, he didn’t even release one name of those accused! Writer, attorney and child sex abuse advocate Michael Lesher, an Orthodox Jew, has been following these troubling scandals since serial child rapist and self-proclaimed rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz fled to Israel in 1984, one step ahead of NYC detectives.
As an Orthodox Jew, Lesher provides great insight into the community’s practices and history in this 39-minute interview.
Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s ‘Underground Interview’ series.