May 28, 2005

Arrest warrant issued for rabbi

Arizona Daily Sun


PRESCOTT (AP) -- A felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of a rabbi accused of child molestation and sexual abuse, authorities said.

Yavapai County prosecutors said David Lipman, 55, faces 11 counts of child molestation and five counts of sexual abuse that stem from an investigation involving two girls, ages 16 and 14.

Prescott Justice Court Judge Arthur Markham signed a warrant Thursday for Lipman's arrest.

City police received a call on May 13 from a Child Protective Services employee who reported possible sexual abuse of two girls.

That prompted a criminal investigation against Lipman, who admitted to inappropriate touching, according to Prescott Police Det. Robert Peoples.

Lipman was placed on administrative leave Monday from Temple B'rith Shalom, where he has been rabbi since April 2002 of a congregation with about 300 members.

Posted by kshaw at May 28, 2005 07:35 PM