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Rabbi Gets Probation in Sexual Abuse Case

August 9, 2012
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Rabbi Stanley Levitt

A rabbi and former teacher living in Northeast Philadelphia was sentenced to 10 years probation last week in a Boston court after pleading guilty in a sex abuse case involving students at a Massachusetts day school more than 30 years ago.

The charges in Boston date back to 1975, when Stanley Levitt taught sixth grade at the Maimonides School, an Orthodox day school in Brookline, Mass.

He was accused of sexual abuse by three former students, now in their 40s. He was arraigned in 2009.

Levitt was ordered to stay away from children, register as a sex offender and wear a GPS monitor. According to the Suffolk County district attorney's office, Levitt still resides in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors had asked for the 66-year-old defendant to serve at least two years in jail. Scott Curtis, the attorney who represented Levitt, said, "It was an appropriate sentence. We are satisfied."

Curtis said his client does not want to speak to the media.

"He should have served jail time," Michael Brecher, one of Levitt's victims, told Boston.com.

Levitt has faced similar charges here in Philadelphia.

In one case, Levitt entered a plea of no contest to indecent assault and corrupting a minor -- both classified as misdemeanors. He was sentenced in 2004 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to five years probation.

Another case went to trial and resulted in a not guilty verdict.

According to court records, several alleged incidents took place inside Congregation Lubavitch, Lubavitcher Center, at 7622 Castor Ave., where Levitt attended services for a time.

 

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