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- A Suffolk County synagogue forced Friedman to resign in 1990 after allegations were raised about his conduct with at least one child. Friedman, never faced criminal charges and the lawsuit was settled in 2000 for 20 years of payouts to the girl totaling about $600,000.
- Background Information
- Albany temple fires cantor (07/19/2006)
- Fired cantor has a troubled history - Philip Friedman, dismissed by Temple Israel, was accused of molesting a girl on Long Island (08/21/2006)
- Former cantor pleads guilty to molestation (08/24/2006)
- Local Cantor Guilty of Sex Crime (08/24/2006)
- Cantor admits fondling girl, 11 - District attorney says Philip Friedman, formerly of Temple Israel, had other victims (08/25/2006)
- Cantor Molests Girl Preparing For Bat Mitzvah (08/25/2006)
- Cantor receives six years probation: Philip Friedman, former cantor at Temple Israel, must also register as sex offender for molesting girl (12/14/2006)
- Ex-Albany Cantor Sentenced For Molesting Student (12/15/2006)
- Former cantor sentenced (12/15/2006)
By Marc Parry
Times Union - December 14, 2006
ALBANY -- A City Court judge on Thursday sentenced disgraced cantor Philip Friedman to six years probation for molesting an 11-year-old girl.
The former cantor at Albany's Temple Israel must also register as a sex offender under the sentence imposed by Judge William Carter.
``I wish to apologize to the members of Temple Israel, to Rabbi Paul Silton, and, most of all, to my students,'' Friedman said in court, according to his lawyer.
Friedman, 66, had access to the child while preparing her for the Jewish rite of passage known as bat mitzvah.
He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in August in a deal with prosecutors.
Former cantor sentenced