Do We Have A Jerry Sandusky-Type in LA’s Orthodox Community?

You’ve heard about the “former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested over the weekend on more than 40 counts of child sexual abuse.”

What if we had a Jerry Sandusky-type in LA’s Orthodox community? Could we have a powerful man who’s able to isolate underage teen boys, invite them over for Shabbos, ply them with alcohol, molest them, and then have the rabbis orchestrate a cover-up for the good of the community?

That’s the exact story I heard about in 2008 but the boy in question was told not to talk to me. The rabbis covered things up. The family of the boy did not go to the secular authorities. They did not press criminal charges or file a civil lawsuit or even go to a Beit Din (Jewish law court). The powerful man was protected.

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky story, I tried again this week to get the boy to talk to me but found out he had committed suicide.

About Luke Ford

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