By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo.com June 21, 2012
BROOKLYN — Four men were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly offering a $500,000 bribe to a sexually abused teenager to get her to drop charges against a popular Orthodox community counselor who is presently on trial in Brooklyn.
Warning To Parents sent out by Eitz Chaim in Toronto
Subject: An Important Message From Rabbi Pliner
Monday, December 19, 2011
It has come to our attention that there is a man who was raised in the Toronto Torah community and who may look like a current member of our community who has recently tried to lure teenagers from our neighborhoods and our schools into inappropriate relationships and situations.
It is our responsibility to alert our parent body of the situation as we know it now. If and when more information becomes available about him we will bring it to your attention.
We understand that community members and Rabbonim are working with the police to address this situation in its entirety i.e. to remove the potential danger from our midst.
In response to this information, all three branches of Eitz Chaim are taking the following two steps:
1. To reinforce compliance of all safety and security protocols that is in place, by staff and children.
2. We have spoken to all students in Grades 5-8 about being alert and careful to demonstrate self protective behaviours when approached by adults.
Self protective behaviours include:
1. Your body belongs to you
2. How to say no
3. There are no secrets from your parents, especially when someone says, "Do not tell your parents".
Please follow up at home and reinforce this important information. May Hashem watch over us and guard us from all danger.
Rabbi I. Pliner
Please Read second Email sent out by Rabbi Pilner
In response to the inquiries we have received, kindly be advised that we
had been asked by Toronto Police to not divulge the name of the
individual under discussion in the previous email. At the same time, we
are able to provide the following description:
5 foot 10 inches
Approximately 175 to 200 pounds
Dark and wavy hair
Age: Upper 20's
The individual has been seen dressed in a frum manner.
If you see a person matching this description engaging in contact with
children or in proximity of a facility that deals with children, kindly
contact the police.