- Parents claim Jewish all-boys school covered up decades of homosexual abuse
He lost a lawsuit against Yeshiva University’s prestigious all-boys school involving alleged decades-long homo sex abuse — so his parents are now trying to make an end-run at justice. In what their lawyer calls a first-of-its-kind move in the state, Israel and Chaya Gutman are set to file a lawsuit Monday claiming that the embattled Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy in Manhattan is guilty of deceptive advertising by touting the high school as a safe place to send youths. According to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit, “Most savvy Jewish educational consumers… would have never imagined that [the school], despite its glowing and positive impressions, would have permitted their son to endure an educational experience… that was consistently threatened, and often stained, by known sexual predators in high positions of authority.” Two rabbis were allowed to leave quietly after students accused them of sex abuse. The Gutmans claim their son in the early 1980s was sexually abused by Rabbi George Finkelstein, a former principal, and Richard Andron, a former university student and friend of Finkelstein who was allowed to roam freely in the school’s hallways and dorms. Besides Finkelstein and Andron, other ex-students have alleged being raped by Rabbi Macy Gordon, a former teacher. His alleged dirty deeds include sodomizing one victim with a toothbrush covered in toothpaste during a violent attack in a school dorm room.
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