It is now over six months since the Forward reported allegations of child sexual abuse in Yeshiva University’s high school YUHS (also known as MTA) by former Principal George Finkelstein and and former teacher Rabbi Macy Gordon. Two days ago (7/8/13) the other shoe dropped when the attorney for nineteen former students announced the filing of a lawsuit against Yeshiva University (YU) as the parent and controlling body of the high school. According to the most recent article in the Forward,
The suit also alleges that Richard Andron, a former Y.U. student now believed to be living in Boca Raton, Fla., was allowed to visit the high school dormitory even though staff knew he was a threat to children. Two former high school students say Andron abused them after befriending them in the dormitory.
Buried in the court filing is the allegation that Finkelstein colluded in arranging for Andron to molest students.
Andron, moreover, frequently notified Finkelstein that boys who slept over [at] Andron’s apartment would be late or absent for Sunday classes at YUHS. Finkelstein thus knew, excuse[d], condoned, and facilitated sexual abuse of numerous YUHS students (p. 58).
When the Forward’s story broke in December, Finkelstein and Gordon were comfortably ensconced in jobs in Israel. It seems that even at this late date YU still hadn’t notified anyone that these two should be kept away from children.
Richard Andron moved to the other Jewish homeland, Florida. I assume by now the allegations are known in Boca Raton. It would be helpful to know where he is successfully ensconced in his Jewish community, perhaps trusted with youth, honored in synagogues, a member of boards, and so on. It would also be encouraging to hear about places where he is no longer welcome. I ask readers with information to share it. I am also interested in locating pictures of Richard Andron on the Web.
You would think it would be a no-brainer that credible allegations would lead to appropriate inquiry and precautions. Yet, in Teaneck, Rabbi Michael Taubes, the current principal of YUHS, regularly hosts Baruch Lanner, the most notorious molester in the modern orthodox world in the U. S.
Update: 1:30 p.m. 7/10/13–I have confirmed that the story at the left refers to the Richard Andron named in the lawsuit. It comes from a lousy photo reproduction of a print first brought to my attention by jewiswhistleblower (JWB) a very able and trustworthy researcher.
Boca Raton Synagogue Reacts to Lawsuit and announces Andron’s resignation and exclusion from their facilities: I have confirmed from multiple sources that the Richard Andron who is alleged to have molested boys in the YUHS lawsuit is also known as Rick Andron or Ricky Andron. He was a member of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS) but yesterday (7/9/13) the synagogue sent a private email on behalf of their board of directors announcing his resignation in connection with the allegations and they announced that Andron had agreed not to attend any BRS events on or off their campus. They also stated that they were not aware of any allegations of abuse within their synagogue.
Crowd-sourcing & Cautions: The crowd-sourcing going on here is terrific. I just want to caution people to be very careful about not inadvertently posting information identifying the wrong person as the individual named in the suit. There are a number of Richard Androns in the United States. Be meticulously careful to note any doubts or uncertainties.
Information we are looking for: Knowledge of where the alleged abuser lived, went to school, worked, etc would be helpful. I am interested in pictures from any stage in his life because there may be victims out there who will be better able to confirm their identifications by seeing picture of him at the age at which he molested them. If you went to school with him or worked with him in organizations or even attended events with him, pictures from you would really help along with other identifying information. This sort of stuff from the before the 90s is usually or even the turn of the millennium is usually not digitized. But we should be able to find it with crowd-sourcing.
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This will be a cumulative work in progress focusing on verified information. If anyone has the energy to go through the court filing (there are links above) it would be great if they could collect that chronology. If you do that please include page numbers to make it easy to check.
?? years he was in NCSY(plus particular locations he was sighted) if anyone has programs or other materials that would be great.
?? moved to Boca Raton
1980s-mid to late 1980s one of the founding families of the Boca Raton Synagogue hosting Shabat services with his wife Sue at their home (see here)- confirmed