(AKA: Moshe Turner)
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Table of Contents:
- Spring Valley Rabbi Accused of Sodomizing Boys (10/23/2011)
- Man, 53, Arrested For Sexually Abusing 14-Year-Old Boy (10/24/2011)
- Rabbi Moishe Turner Arrested On Child Molestation Charges (10/25/2011)
- Rockland County Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing 14-Year-Old Boy (10/25/2011)
- Accused Ramapo Molester Indicted (04/19/2012)
- Come Support the Victims of Mosher Turner in Court (05/09/2012)
- 2 convictions in Orthodox child sex cases (01/18/2013)
Spring Valley Rabbi Accused of Sodomizing Boys
News 12 - October 23, 2011
Ramapo police arrested 58-year-old Rabbi Moishe Turner earlier this week for allegedly sodomizing boys.
The Monsey resident was arraigned in Spring Valley Village Court yesterday, and charged with seven counts of criminal sex acts in the second degree, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
The religious leader posted bail yesterday, and is expected back in court on Oct. 27. His case is being handled by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office.
By Shelley NG
WPIX - October 24, 2011
Cops say Moishe Turner of Dana Road in Spring Valley was arrested following an October 19 investigation about a report of sexual abuse.
Turner was charged with seven counts of second-degree criminal sex act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.
Turner was arraigned in the Village of Spring Valley Justice Court on October 20 and remanded to Rockland County Jail in lieu of $75,000.
The teenage victim's name was withheld to protect his identity.
Rabbi Moishe Turner Arrested On Child Molestation Charges
Police say they received a report that a 14-year-old boy had been sexually abused.
Moishe Turner, 58, was taken into custody and charged with seven counts of felony second-degree criminal sex act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
People at the synagogue in Monsey say Turner used to attend services there but was asked to leave because of similar allegations some years ago, allegations that did not result in criminal charges.
In the case that resulted in charges, the parents of the victim went to the police. There are conflicting reports about whether Turner is a rabbi. He apparently refers to himself that way professionally, but the community is divided on the issue.
This investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. Police believe that more victims are out there. Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact the Ramapo Police Investigations Division.
Turner was remanded to the Rockland County Jail in lieu of $75,000.
The name of the victim is being withheld to protect his identity.
Rockland County Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing 14-Year-Old Boy
CBS News New York - October 25, 2011
RAMAPO, NY (CBSNewYork) – Police have arrested a 58-year-old Rockland County man, accusing him of a sex crime against a child.
Ramapo police say Moishe Turner of Spring Valley sexually abused a 14-year-old boy.
Turner faces seven sex crime charges, including endangering the welfare of a child.
Police say they’re still investigating and expect to file more charges.
Turner is being held in the Rockland County Jail.
News 12 -
Rockland County Times - April 19, 2012
Moishe Turner, age 58, of 5 Dana Road in Spring Valley was indicted on April 11, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of Criminal Sexual Act in the 2nd Degree, a felony (4 Counts), Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree (4 Counts) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, misdemeanors.
District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about July of 2011, on several occasions, in Spring Valley, NY, defendant had oral sexual contact and anal sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy who is known to him. The DA said the defendant also fondled the boy’s penis with his hand. According to sources in the Orthodox community, Turner’s misdeeds were known for years and with multiple victims, however it took considerable effort and courage for a victim to finally come forward and pursue criminal charges against him.
Turner calls himself a Rabbi although he does not have a following or practice as a Rabbi. It is common for men in the religious community to technically be Rabbis by virtue of their education, but not be spiritual leaders of an actual congregation.
CALA-NY - May 9, 2012
Wednesday May 9th in the morning, will be the court hearing for Moishe Turner in New City, NY. Please attend, and show the judge that Jews don’t tolerate molesters.
1 South Main Street
New City, NY 10956
Party Name: TURNER, MOISHE
Case Number: 00140-2012
Case Attorney: GRIBETZ, KEN
He said he hopes other families will find the strength to come forward and fight off community pressure not to report sexual abuse. He praised the Ramapo police for their efforts when told about children being abused.
"Taubenfeld's own admission to molestation charges also confirms that current New Square leadership who clearly failed to stop this vile, manipulative ‘educator’ and is unqualified to deal with the molestation crisis,” Leiter said.
Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said the religious community has been more open with police and prosecutors. He said historically the major issue confronting law enforcement was the “insular community often protected the accused at the expense of the victims.”
Zugibe said he was encouraged by the Taubenfeld case. He said families in the religious community have “recognized finally that if you protect the victims all you are doing is creating a new generation of offenders and victims.”
“In the latest cases, particularly Taubenfeld, I have to credit the community for being more forthcoming,” Zugibe said. “We have a long way to go. I am hopeful this is a new trend.”
Families face being kicked out of the religious community and having their children denied schooling and services.
The family of the boy abused by Turner faced pressure from the community leaders to drop out of the case, authorities said.
Prosecutor Jennifer Parietti said Friday in court that Zugibe approved the no-prison sentence for Turner.
“The victim is under tremendous pressure,” she said. “This plea will relieve that.”
Turner admitted he had anal sex with the boy under questioning from Parietti in July 2011. He admitted he knew the boy was 14, making him incapable of consent under the law.
Turner’s lawyer, former District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz, said after court that he’s not aware of any rabbi or religious community leader putting pressure of the boy or his family.
“Our hope is the victim can go on with his life,” Gribetz said. “There was no pressure from the community. I think justice will be served. Our client is very sorry and he’s happy to put this behind him.”
Turner, who prayed before court, doesn’t speak fluent English. He speaks Yiddish and needed a translator to tell him what was being discussed in court and for his responses.
Kelly and Gribetz made sure Turner agreed he was voluntarily pleading guilty to the charges and signed a waiver giving up his right to appeal.
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