May 22, 2006

US women: Gafni assaulted us too

YNet News

Eitan Amit

Rabbi Mordechai Gafni, who escaped Israel after three women accused of him sexually abusing them, is either Colorado or Massachusetts, according to the New York Post.

The newspaper reported that Gafni, 46, who was born Marc Winiarz, sexually exploited young Jews in New York as well. In the 1980s, Gafni was an adviser for educational programs in Jewish public schools, but he offered female students more than spiritual advise, the paper said.

Two American women provided the Post with details on how they were sexually exploited by the rabbi 20 years ago, when they were 16 and 13.

"Judy, whose last name is being withheld by The Post, said she was 16 and suffering in a "tumultuous" home environment, including ailing parents, when Gafni invited her to stay at his Flatbush home, where he lived with his second wife, to 'escape,'" the Post reported.

Posted by kshaw at May 22, 2006 07:59 AM