A rabbi, Baruch Lebovits, is on trial in Brooklyn for repeatedly molesting a troubled teenager in 2004 and 2005. His accuser testified in court yesterday that he was offered money by a member of the Hasidic community to recant his allegations. Lebovits faces up to four years in prison. He also awaits trial for accusations by two other people.
The New York Post and the New York Daily News reported this story on pages 28 and 18, respectively. The scandal-loving tabloids have frequently featured front-page stories when the alleged perpetrator was a Catholic priest. Funny how an accused rabbi does not merit the same treatment.