Rabbi Daniel Greer (class of ’60) shares his experiences as one of the first Orthodox Jews to attend Princeton at the Yavneh 50th anniversary celebration. Photos by Bina Peltz
New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer Accused of Sexually Assaulting at Least One Student, Yeshiva of New Haven, Inc. and The Gan School, Inc. Accused of Allowing Sexual Abuse to Continue for Years
LostMessiah and Contributors, May 4, 2016
A civil suit has been filed against a prominent New Haven Rabbi, Daniel Greer. The Plaintiff claims that the Rabbi assaulted him multiple times from the time the Plaintiff was age 15 until he turned 17 demanding that he engage in “various sex acts.” The Plaintiff also claims that he was frequently given alcohol and showed pornographic films. “During the entire period of Rabbi Greer’s molestation, senior administrators and officials of the school, including the school’s assistant principal, actually knew and/or should have known that the Rabbi was raping, sodomizing and sexually assaulting, abusing and molesting the minor boy,” the suit claimed. “And they did nothing to stop it.”
The suit names as co-defendants two schools run by the rabbi, Yeshiva of New Haven, Inc. and The Gan School, Inc. It accused the schools of “allowing the violent sexual abuse to continue unabated for years.”
The Rabbi’s attorneys ask why it took 14 years for the accusations to be brought to light. They are maintaining that the suit is being filed for financial gain and not because the allegations are true. No criminal complaint has been filed, but after hearing of the civil lawsuit and the allegations, the New Haven’s police chief says the department will be reaching out to the plaintiff’s attorney.
In a separate comment, David Clohessy, president of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said, “It takes great courage to do what [the plaintiff] is doing and we praise him for protecting others and exposing a credibly accused child molester. Regardless of the legal outcome, we hope [he] feels some comfort and relief by taking action against an alleged predator.”
The text of the complaint can be found here.
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