Rabbi Moshe Menachem Taubenfeld of New Square is indicted for allegedly sexually abusing “Leiby” for a period of years starting when he was a nine-years-old boy.
This all happened in New Square, aka Skver. When this was reported to the Rebbe (grand rabbi) of Skver, Dovid Twersky, it was dismissed with “Ich vais nisht; ich glayb nisht” (I don’t know anything about this and I don’t believe it). Well now the courts will get to decide.
Taubenfeld’s brother, Herschel pled guilty to child sex abuse and is still allowed to teach in Skver’s schools. He got off without spending a single day in jail. This, in spite of the fact that Herschel’s victim was ready to testify at a trial. However, the Rockland County DA, Thomas Zugibe, colluded with Skver which can deliver a block of votes. The DA allowed the case to be handled in the Village Court of New Square whose judge won election by getting the endorsement of New Square’s leadership. The judge made it clear to the accuser that even if a jury convicted, the sentence would not include jail time. So the victim/survivor, “Yossi” settled for a sentence of probation.
This time around with Moshe Menachem, the charge is a D Felony which automatically removes it from the Village court and places it in the county court whose judges are independent of Skver.
Check out this video of Leiby talking about his abuse and his decision to press charges.
UPDATE: 7/8/14: 1 pm– Taubenfeld, represented by attorney Gerard Damini pleaded not guilty and he remains out on $25k bail.
UPDATE: 7/10/14: Next court appearance in front of Judge W. Nelson is scheduled for Tuesday, 7/15/14.