I am dispensing with the word alleged since he admitted sexual activity with her but dismissed it as ““She was 14 going on 35, and I never forced her.” However, there is no such thing as consent between a minor and an adult. Sara Kabakov (who has chosen to reveal her identity) describes a very non-consensual series of assaults on many occasions in her lawsuit.
Gafni, whose name at the time was Mordechai Winiarz, had access to Sara because he was her family’s houseguest on Sabbaths when he came down from Yeshiva University where he was a rabbinical student to do youth work at the Lincoln Square Synagogue on the west side of Manhattan, miles from the uptown campus of Yeshiva University.
Yeshiva University is being sued along with Gafni himself.
The New York Post reported the lawsuit yesterday (3/4/20).
See all other Frum Follies posts on Gafni here.