March 03, 2005

Rabbi to serve 7 years for sex abuse of girls

Asbury Park Press


A rabbi who once was principal of a local religious school is in prison, resentenced to serve the same seven-year term ordered in 2002 when he was convicted of child endangerment.

A Superior Court judge resentenced Rabbi Baruch Lanner to the term after the Appellate Division of Superior Court dismissed one of the two child-endangerment charges against Lanner.

Lanner, the former principal of Hillel High School in Ocean Township, surrendered to authorities on Feb. 23. Superior Court Judge Paul F. Chaiet resentenced him that day, Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Boser said this week.

Lanner is now in South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, Cumberland County. He will be eligible for parole on Dec. 9, 2006, according to the state Department of Corrections. Lanner will have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law.

Officials at Hillel, where Lanner worked from 1982 to 1997, did not return calls asking for comment.

Posted by kshaw at March 3, 2005 08:07 AM