Yesterday I wrote about the surprising and distressing early release of Baruch Lebovits. This morning I emailed the public information office of the Brooklyn District Attorney.
From: Yerachmiel Lopin <xxx>
Subject: Is KCDA satisfied that Baruch Lebovits’ release conforms with the terms of the plea agreement?
The DOC records indicate that on Monday (9/29/14) Baruch Lebovits got out of Rikers on a “NYC general release.” Yet the court plea-bargain transcript show that in return for a definite sentence of two years rather than the 2-6 the DA sought, Lebovits agreed to waive his right to early release.
His release has my readers and many others in the community scratching their heads. He served 1 year and 6 days after his initial conviction in 2010 (4/12/10-4/17/11). His current stint was 83 days (7/9/14/-9/29/14) for a total of ~15 months.
If so, I and many others are left wondering if the DA office is satisfied that his early release was consistent with the sentencing terms and Judge Dwyer’s sentencing memorandum.
Is KCDA satisfied that the sentence served is consistent with your plea bargain?
If so, did you know that this would be the outcome when you struck the deal?
The office of the DA promptly replied:
Baruch Lebovits got out of jail yesterday (9/29/14), just 83 days after he started his most recent stint after sentencing on a plea bargain (7/9/14). He pled guilty to eight E felony counts (PL 130.40.2) of oral sex with a minor (aka “deviate sexual intercourse”) and he is on the sex offender registry.
Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson crafted this insult to orthodox Jewish survivors in the spring, but now we feel the final sting of his whip. Lebovits’ fine cantorial voice will piously intone about repentance on Yom Kippur while he remains an unrepentant sinner. He never even apologized to to the victim who pressed charges, let alone the hundreds of other boys he sexually exploited.
Anyone with a rudimentary Jewish upbringing knows that Yom Kippur does not absolve one for sins against another unless one first confesses, experiences regret, attempts rectification of harm, and sincerely seeks forgiveness. Lebovits has done none of these things, except as required to get a good plea deal in a secular lower court.
The unanswered question is why he served slightly more than 15 of the 24 months of his sentence through a combination of 1 year and 6 days after his overturned 2010 conviction and then just 83 days following his re-conviction this spring. Thus he has served a total of one year and 89 days. Mind you, when he was first convicted in 2010 he was sentenced to 10-32 years. Continue reading
Rabbi Abraham Glick
The Age (Victoria, Australia) reports today (9/22/14) on an a petition drive organized by Jews for Justice for Yeshivah’s Victims calling for the resignation of Rabbi Avrohom Glick and Yeshivah Centre chairman Don Wolf. According to the article:
Rabbi Glick was the principal of Yeshivah College from 1986 to 2007.
In a witness statement Rabbi Glick said he had only recently become aware of accusations that Cyprys had molested children. But in 2012 he changed his evidence under oath Continue reading
Ephraim David Becker is a “therapist” and mussar speaker in Jerusalem who lives in Kiryat Yearim/Telshe-Stone. He has quite a biography on his web site, http://mussar-psych.org where he writes:
I served, after receiving ordination at the tender age of 22, in my first and only rabbinical pulpit, for three years. I found that the most attractive aspects of the position were the frequent hospital visitations… I [became] a clinical chaplain with the Jewish Chaplaincy Service of Milwaukee, teaching at the Yeshiva in Milwaukee and receiving a  Ph.D. in Education at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in Counseling [actually, "Urban Education"] ……
I accepted the post as Mashgiach Ruchani at the David Shapell College/ Yeshivat Darche Noam in Jerusalem where I served for four years. The demands of my growing private counseling practice made it necessary to choose my full-time work and I have pursued my practice while teaching part-time, primarily in those programs which supervise teachers and counselors.
Missing From the Biography
QOTD = Quote Of The Day
It is an oft cited myth that a child molester cannot control his abusive sexual behaviors. If this were true, child molesters would offend whenever they felt a sexual urge in the presence of a child. They’d molest when they are walking down the street, they’d molest at the mall, and they’d molest on the bima in the middle of prayer services. But with rare exception, this doesn’t happen. Because adults who are looking to molest a child – Continue reading