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Orthodox Jewish Youth Worker Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Charges in Australia

Oct 18, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP

An Orthodox Jewish youth leader who once worked at an Australian school already at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal has been arrested for molesting a child.  According to theage.com, Aron Ezriel Kestecher, 26, was arrested on four counts of indecent acts on a child under the age of 16.  He served as a substitute teacher at the Yeshivah College, a school for Orthodox Jewish Boys in Melbourne.

This is just the latest child sexual abuse scandal to hit the school.  Earlier this year, parents complained that former teacher, David Kramer, had abused boys at Yeshiva College in the 1990s.  Parents in Australia have said their children were threatened with being thrown out of Yeshivah College if they reported Kramer’s conduct to secular authorities. The revelations prompted the Melbourne police to write to former students of Yeshivah College earlier this year, asking them to make a police report if they were assaulted or witnessed an assault between 1989 and 1993.

Kramer is currently in the U.S., where he is serving a seven-year sentence for molesting a 12-year-old boy at a synagogue in St Louis, Missiouri. Melbourne police are planning on having him extradited when he is released, theage.com said.

Just last month, Yeshivah College security guard David Samuel Cyprys was charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency after he allegedly repeatedly molested boys from the school between 1984 and 1991.

Theage.com didn't provide many specifics on Kestecher's alleged conduct.  He has been released on bail and will appear in the Moorabbin Magistrates Court on November 29.


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