Read the Allegations Against Rabbi Daniel Greer and Weep

As I reported, Rabbi Daniel Greer of New Haven was arrested yesterday on criminal charges of sexually molesting Eliyahu Mirlis (who chooses to have his name revealed).

The New Haven Independent published more details following the first report of the arrest. The arrest warrant affidavit is an excruciating, vivid portrait of the alleged oral and anal sex, almost every week, for years as well as a regime of threats and bullying.

Mirlis already won a $20,000,000 verdict in a civil trial. Yep, you read that amount right. But according to Mirlis’ lawyer,

One of my client’s goals in bringing Greer’s abuse to light was to get this pedophile off the streets and far away from other people’s children,..Sexual predators — especially this so-called ‘rabbi’ and others who twist spiritual beliefs for their own sick pleasure — deserve to suffer all available civil and criminal penalties.

According to the afidavit:

Mirlis said that the abuse began during his sophomore year, when he was about 14 years old. Greer told him to meet on the first floor of 777 Elm St., one of the dormitories next to the yeshiva. The rabbi allegedly served him alcohol (usually a bloody mary, single-malt scotch or wine) and sat him down on a couch, engaged in an emotional conversation, then leaned in and kissed him on the mouth. Mirlis “freaked out,” he told the cops, and left.

A week or two later, Greer told him to come to the same spot. Again, he served him alcohol and sat him down on the couch, Mirlis claimed. Greer then allegedly told Mirlis to stand, undid the boy’s belt, pulled his pants down to his ankles and had oral sex.

Mirlis told the detectives that the sexual assaults became a “regular thing” after that. On a weekly basis, usually on a weekday evening or a Sunday afternoon, he was sexually assaulted at the dorms and at rental properties on Norton Street, Edgewood Avenue, Maple Street and Park Street, Mirlis stated in the interview.

Mirlis said his grades suffered when he refused to meet with Greer. (At the civil trial, the defense attorneys pointed out that his final report cards had all A’s and B’s.) Mirlis also said that Greer, who then acted as the school’s dean, would yell at him in the yeshiva’s hallways and threaten him with expulsion. From the teenager’s perspective, the sexual abuse seemed like “a game” to the rabbi.

Mirlis was sexually assaulted so often that the encounters started to blur together, he added. Mirlis remembered, once, Greer lay naked on top of him in the “69” position; on another occasion, he added, Greer would “get in the doggy position,” hand the teen KY Jelly lube and be penetrated anally. Mirlis told Greer he “didn’t like it” when he was penetrated, but that also allegedly continued anyway.

They didn’t wear condoms, Mirlis told cops. He maintained that, on various encounters, he ejaculated inside Greer’s anus and mouth and on his stomach; after oral sex, Greer would ejaculate on his chest.

The final sexual assault was in June 2005, shortly after he graduated from the Yeshiva, Mirlis told the detectives.


The Proof

Defenders of abusers regularly claim that police arrest perpetrators on the basis of made up stories. That is not true. They take many precautions in their investigations to confirm the allegations by seeing if the story is consistent and details can be verified. In the Greer investigation they got a detailed description of Greer’s body and behavior and confirmed it during a physical examination of Greer. According to the New Haven Independent: Continue reading


An Open Letter To His Community By a Supporter of Victims of Abuse at Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne

The letter below was circulated by Zephaniah Waks, father of Manny Waks, a victim of abuse by an employee of Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Mr Waks describes his actions to hold abusers accountable and the intimidation tactics of an institution that is still resisting accountability. He also describes the social shunning and the ways in which even those not complicit in the original abuse have become part of the cover-up by participating in the shunning. This letter is an important reminder about the things ordinary lay people can do to comfort and support the victim as another way of combating abuse. Alternatively it is a searing indictment of the cowardice of those who “don’t want to take sides” even if it means endangering children.

Since we moved to Melbourne over 27 years ago, or since you moved here after that, we have been family friends or acquaintances. In the last 2 years, after the start of the police inquiries into pedophilia at Yeshivah Centre, (historical as well as current, whatever misinformation you may have received), and more recently after my son Manny went public more than 1.5 years ago, I have been the butt of increasing discrimination. It started with the Board of Management, continued with highly inappropriate sermons by Telsner [Rabbi, Yeshivah Centre], progressed to not receiving aliyos [ritual honour during some synagogue services], & has more recently seen a little worm of a person wander round the Shul [synagogue] demanding that people cut off relations with me. In a few cases it has unfortunately worked, where long established chavrusos [religious study partners] stopped & some old “friends” don’t talk to me. Others almost whisper a greeting or a mazal-tov [congratulations] when they see me, apparently out of fear. Continue reading