A Connecticut rabbi is accused in a lawsuit of raping and molesting a teenage boy hundreds of times from 2001 to 2005 while the boy was a student at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in federal court by a 28-year-old New Jersey man. It accuses Rabbi Daniel Greer, principal of the Yeshiva of New Haven school, of sexual abuse.
According to the suit, the assaults lasted for hours — and sometimes the entire night — and happened on school property, at Greer’s private residence, at motels in Greater New Haven and in Pennsylvania, and at various area rental properties owned by the schools.
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"It only takes a moment to make allegations with despicable indifference to the consequences of the damage that they would cause to my client, his family and his reputation that he spent a lifetime building within his community," attorney William Ward said in a statement. "This is a difficult time for my client and his family, but I would remind the public to ask for evidence before rushing to judgment."
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and also names the school.
Attorney Antonio Ponvert III, of the Bridgeport-based firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, said his client hasn't sought criminal charges but would cooperate in any ensuing criminal probe.