Former Rockland County DA, Kenneth Gribetz is the go-to attorney for local Haredi sex offenders and his PR shtick is predictable.
In March of 2012, Dovid Kohn was charged with 40 counts of having oral sex with a girl when she was between the ages of 12 and 15. Gribetz told the press his client would plead not guilty. During pre-trial hearings there were challenges to telephone conversations between Kohn and the girl taped by police, which Gribetz claimed were inaudible. But Kohn and Gribetz wised up and he pled guilty to 35 felony counts. Who knows? Maybe he was innocent of 5 of the 40 charges or maybe he got a 12% discount for sparing the DA the trouble of a trial.
Yisroel Moshe (Israel) Weingarten was arrested by FBI agents and accused of molesting his daughter for years. Gribetz claimed that Weingarten’s wife made up stories to frame him. Weingarten’s case went to trial and he is now serving a thirty-year sentence.
All Gribetz needs to proclaim innocence is a retainer and a microphone.
LOHUD reports, Monsey rabbi rejects plea deal in sex abuse case. According to the article:
The lawyer [Kenneth Gribetz] for a Monsey rabbi [Gavriel (Gabriel) Bodenheimer] accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy says two police-controlled telephone calls involving the child will help prove the school administrator never touched the child…… “We will be using the recordings at trial,” Gribetz said. “There will be no plea to any charges……”
The rabbi was charged in an grand jury indictment on Aug. 8 with three of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count of first-degree sex abuse. The charges cover oral and anal sex with a child and carry a maximum of 25 years in prison.
The boy, now, 12, was 7 years old when Bodenheimer allegedly abused him at his school office between August 2009 and July 2010……
Gribetz said… said the defense strategy… will include asking the judge to allow the jurors to visit the school. He said the offices are open and the spaces inside are visible through windows.
This barely qualifies as news. Rabbi Gavriel (Gabriel) Bodenheimer probably has a year before he will get a trial date. Even those defendants resigned to a plea bargain usually hold off until shortly before trial. Every day of freedom is precious. Defendants always hope the accuser will surrender to community intimidation.
Odds are, Bodenheimer will plead guilty at the last moment before trial and allow his circle to claim he was railroaded into a plea bargain. Perhaps he will go to trial and lose. I would not bet on his being innocent just because Kenny Gribetz says so.
See previous Frum Follies posts about Bodenheimer: