Tuvie Rokach, who is the son of prominent rabbi in Toronto was charged with second-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Rokach was also being investigated by police in Toronto, apparently where he had lived before coming to Monsey, police said.
There were rumors that Rabbi E. Rokach was able to make a quiet deal with Thomas P. Zugibe, who is the Rockland County District Attorney, to have the charges dropped so that his son could return to Canada; yet no more information is known about this case.
Rokach's father was the principal of Associated Hebrew Schools at the time of the alleged offenses. Prior to being the principal, he was the rabbi of a synagogue near the old campus of Yeshiva Ner Yisrael in Toronto, and currently leads the Country Shul on Bathurst Street across the street from the new Ner Yisrael campus.
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Table of Contents:
- Monsey man accused of having sex with boys (10/19/2006)
- Rockland County Supreme Court (12/20/2006)
- Comment on Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out (09/20/2007)
By Steve Lieberman
December 20, 2006
|Law Code and Code Section/Subsection||PL 130.45 01 *** TOP CHARGE ***|
|Charge Detail||D Felony, 1 count, Arrest charge, Not an arraignment chargeDescription: CRIMINAL SEX ACT 2: VICTIM<15|
Indictment Count: 1
|Arrest/Incident Date/Time||Arrest Date: October 18, 2006Arrest Time: 20:36|
Incident Date: October 17, 2006
|Case Related Numbers||Criminal Justice Tracking Number: 58470845PNYSID Number: 877544Z|
Arrest Number: 127548
|Arresting Officer Info||Agency: TRMOfficer Command:|
|AppearancePart & Date||Judge||CalendarSection||CourtReporter||ReleaseStatus||ArraignmentType||Hearing|
|WAK, December 29, 2006||KELLY,W||SCI - CONTROL DATES|
|WAK, November 29, 2006||KELLY,W||SCI - CONFERENCES||KENT,LIZ||Bond $150,000 Cash $75,000 (Not Posted)||No Type||CONFERENCE HELD/CASE ADJOURNED|
|WAK, November 22, 2006||KELLY,W||SCI - CONFERENCES||KENT,LIZ||Remanded||No Type||ADJOURNED|
|Name||Type||Court Date||Court Part||Firm Name||Phone Number||Address|
|Lewisohn, Jeffrey||Private (Retained)||November 3, 2006||WAK|
|Mc Clarnon, Bill||November 3, 2006|
Police told the press that it appeared he was living / working illegally in the United States, something that the Dept of Homeland Security would be looking into.
After a single court appearance, both Rokach and all public record of him disappeared into thin air.
Yungerleit from Toronto have now spotted him in Lakewood during August.
Assuming that Rokach has been home sometime in the last year, it is very unusual that someone with an arrest record is allowed to recross the US border. They are auto-flagged by the computer.
No one I know is aware if Rokach has been home. His father is the rov of The Country Shul in Richmond Hill, several miles north of the Toronto border. Since this area is populated mostly by BTs & secular Jews, it's very difficult to get information.
Did the Agudah use their connections to completely cover up what happened and expunge his record?
Rokach's father is friends with a rosh yeshiva who is a nephew of someone on the Moetzes. Rokach's lawyer happens to be a supporter of that yeshiva.