There is a terrible machlokes about you. Yesh omrim, some say, you raped, fondled, seduced, sent dirty pictures of yourself, sent dirty texts and emails, and so on. Viyesh omrim, and some say, it was just a hug. In fact a certain rabbi in Israel says it could have been just a consensual, non-sexual, Tattie-style hug.
On the other hand, according to the Special Beis Din in Chicago (CBD) because of “unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature between Elimelech Meisels and students” which you “confessed,” students “are at risk of harm.” They even say you delivered a “handwritten list of multiple additional victims.” They think you are so dangerous that you “may have no contact with any girls, including present or former students, not by mail, email, texting, talking, Shabbos meals; no contact whatsoever.”
Wow! The CBD is really down on you. Yet Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn says even if you should not be in chinuch any more because you violated negiah, you are not that bad.
Unfortunately for you, Elimelech Meisels, the only official statement about your behavior comes from the CBD. Nobody else has said you did less or more. They just talk about the present safety of the school (where you haven’t been since May).
Elimelech Meisels, only you can solve this machlokes.
Sign a release allowing the CBD to publicly share their evidence (while protecting the identity of the witnesses). I’ll bet that Chicago will honor your request. They just have a fetish about protecting private information unlike others who will not be mentioned. If it was only a hug with one student who was distressed, think of how your reputation will be improved. People might even start calling you Rabbi Meisels again instead of “Mr.”
Just this once; I will call you “Rabbi.”
Rabbi Meisels, for the sake of truth, your honor, and peace in the community, please sign a release so Rabbi Eidensohn can finally know for sure. Do it for the home team, the IBD, especially Chaim Malinowitz. Do it for your students, who still want to believe in you. Do it for your family. Do it!
Rabbi Meisels, I promise you that if the released documents show it was just hugs, I will post a big headline “I Was Wrong; Eidensohn Was Right; It Was Just Hugs From Rabbi Meisels.”
Happy Chanukah as we once again celebrate chasing out those who violated the mikdash kodesh.