The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions – A Sex Offender Sues a Rabbi for Protecting Children

Compounding the Cruelty of Abuse by Entertaining a Lawsuit Against one Brave Rabbi Willing to Stand up and Protect Abused Children. 

We at LM hope that THE DAILY BEAST does not object to our decision to post the entire article from top to bottom. We would like to see rabbis and parents, teachers and other children applauded and praised for coming forward to protect abused children.

The children are precluded from suing the Rabbis who abuse them, the rabbis who use their Rabbinical stature as a tool for abuse, a corridor into the destruction of the very children they are entrusted to protect.

One  Rabbi, knowing that Israel does not have a sex offender registry, tried to protect those children by tweeting about their abuser. He is now embroiled in a lawsuit over it.

We feel strongly that if the courts do not dismiss this lawsuit, they are encouraging silence. They are complicit in the crimes committed against the abused children.

We feel it is important to send the message that the courts, the communities and the families will commend Rabbis who come forward, thereby encouraging them to do so. Anything short of that, in our view, is just another act of cruelty  and injustice against abused children.



Sex Offender Sues Rabbi for Tweets Alerting Families in Israel

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D.A. Kenneth Thompson and the Child Sex Abuse Cases You Swept, Sweep Away… PART II




How the Brooklyn D.A. covers-up Orthodox child molesters, 2 of 2

This is the second in a 2-part series

In my first article, I wrote how a year and a half ago I made a public record request for the photos and arrest reports of 15 Orthodox men convicted by the Brooklyn D.A. The D.A. refused to give me any of the information that I requested.

Last week, I made a new Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Brooklyn D.A. (Brooklyn D.A. FOIL request) I asked for the photo, arrest report, case disposition (the court’s decision) and length of jail time served (if any) of 29 Orthodox individuals arrested for, or convicted of, child sex crimes by the Brooklyn D.A.

The following day, the D.A.’s office sent me a 3-page letter denying every request, for every individual. They refused to reveal to me a single case disposition or tell me how long a convicted Orthodox child molester spent in jail or even if they went to jail.

In 80% of the more than 3 dozen Orthodox convictions that I investigated in Brooklyn, the molester received probation or only a few months of jail time.  By contrast, even though Federal child sex crimes are not necessarily more severe or heinous than the ones prosecuted by the Brooklyn D.A., every Federal conviction of an Orthodox child molester that I could find resulted in jail time, usually for many years.

As to my request for the molester’s photos, the D.A. told me that they would make me wait 6 months before releasing them to me. I filed an appeal of this ridiculous stonewalling and the D.A.’s office rejected my appeal.

New York’s public records law requires that documents be given to the requester within 20 days or “within a reasonable period” – Public Officer’s Law 89(3). Having public access to governmental records is a fundamental right of American citizens. This is the only way we can know what our government is doing and be able to hold officials accountable.

There is nothing “reasonable” about withholding photos of convicted Orthodox child molesters for 6 months. There is no justification for refusing to release conviction information about Orthodox child molesters or informing me of how much time they spent in jail, if any. In the time it took the D.A.’s office to write their 3-page laundry list of excuses of why they aren’t going to comply with the law, they could have instead provided me with the records that I requested.

Kenneth-Thompson-picture-with-rabbis.pngNot only does current Brooklyn D.A. Kenneth Thompson refuse to release public records of Orthodox child molesters requested under FOIL, Thompson is also ethically-challenged in other ways.

Just last week, Thompson was fined $15,000 by the New York City Conflicts of Interests Board for using New York City police officers as his personal waiters and delivery boys to buy him thousands of dollars of meals, all at taxpayer expense.

Kenneth-Thompson-picture-4.pngWhen Kenneth Thompson ran for office, he promised to change the corrupt ways of his predecessor, Charles Hynes. “For his part, Thompson openly criticized Hynes’ record on crimes committed by the ultra-Orthodox. “Every community in Brooklyn has to be treated the same,” he said. “When I become Brooklyn DA, I’ll make sure there’s equal justice for everyone, under the law.” The Daily Beast – 2013


Charles-Hynes-photo-with-rabbis.pngAmong other things, Hynes was notorious for refusing to release to the public the identities of Orthodox child sex predators that he convicted, in contravention of standard practice by other D.A.’s. The covering-up of Orthodox child molesters by the Brooklyn D.A. allows rabbis to pretend that there isn’t a rampant child sex abuse crisis in Orthodox synagogues, schools, yeshivas, summer camps and mikvehs.


The Brooklyn D.A.’s failure to stop rabbinic witness intimidation


Kenneth-Thompson-picture-3“…witness intimidation, a problem in the ultra-Orthodox community that District Attorney Charles Hynes himself has acknowledged is worse than anything he has seen even in organized crime and police corruption cases.” The Jewish Week – 6-26-12

“Hynes claims that his office has received numerous “allegations that some rabbis were actively counseling, intimidating and harassing victims of sexual abuse, coercing them from reporting abuse to authorities” The Jewish Week – 5-17-2012


Kenneth-Thompson-picture-5.pngThe office of the Brooklyn D.A. publicly acknowledges that rabbis violate the law and coerce, threaten and punish victims to prevent them from testifying against their Orthodox abuser and that it’s worse than the Mafia. Nevertheless, Thompson has not prosecuted a single rabbi or their surrogates for witness intimidation.





Here’s how the Brooklyn D.A. protects Orthodox kids from sexual predators


Moshe Spitzer - picture 2Moshe Spitzer was charged with 135 counts of abuse, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy, was sentenced to 2 years in prison and was released after serving 3 months.




Andrew Goodman - photoAndrew Goodman was charged with 114 counts of abuse. He was sentenced to 2 years in jail. When released, Goodman took one of his former victims across state lines and sodomized him. Taking a child across state lines to abuse him is a Federal crime. The Feds convicted him for that one act and got Goodman sentenced to 10 years to life.



Shimon Benisty - picture 2Shimon Benisty was convicted of molesting 2 young girls and deemed a “sexually violent offender”. He was only sentenced to 11 months in prison. Upon release, he was deported to Israel where he was convicted of abusing 11 more children.




Menachem Tevel - picture 2Mendy Tevel was charged with 37 counts of child sex crimes, some of them felonies that could have sent him to prison for life. He was sentenced to just 1 year in jail and was released after serving 7 months. He is not on the NY sex offender registry and reportedly now lives in Beverly Hills, CA. He was recently videoed roaming the halls of an Orthodox children’s school nearby.



Baruch Lebovits - picture 3Baruch Lebovits was sentenced to up to 32 years in prison for child sexual abuse. Due to the Brooklyn D.A.’s bungling of the case, Lebovits spent less than 16 months in prison.




Yonah Weinberg - picture 2Yona Weinberg is a convicted, level-3 child sex offender (the most dangerous tier) who is wanted by the Brooklyn D.A. on additional charges. Weinberg sent me a letter (Yona Weinberg lawyer letter and Israeli lawyer) from his lawyers that insist that Weinberg is not wanted by the police. (Note the unauthorized FBI watermark on the first and second pages). I spoke to NYPD fugitive task force Detective Kevin Lapin (who has Weinberg’s case) on 6/15/2016 and he told me that Weinberg is wanted and has been wanted since 9/10/14. Weinberg flew to Israel the next day. According to several victim advocates in Israel that I contacted, the Brooklyn D.A. is doing nothing to extradite Weinberg.


Gershon Kranczer - picture 2Rabbi Gershon Kranczer and his son, Asher Kranczer, both fled to Israel 6 years ago before they could be arrested on horrific child sexual abuse charges. Kranczer’s wife was reported to have driven them to the airport. The D.A. didn’t prosecute her.

Rabbi Kranczer has another son, Yechezkel, who didn’t escape and was charged with 72 counts of child sexual abuse. Yechezkel was convicted and given probation.

I asked the D.A. why they haven’t extradited either Kranczer from Israel and they told me it was part of an “ongoing investigation”. Really? Doing nothing for 6 years constitutes an ongoing investigation?


Meilech Schnitzler was convicted of throwing bleach into the eyes of child victim advocate, Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg. Schnitzler didn’t serve a day in jail. Thompson defended the total absence of punishment by saying that Schnitzler “will have to take an anger management class” New York Post, 6-18-14.


Mr. Thompson – Meilech Schnitzler doesn’t need an anger management class, he needs jail time.


Kenneth-Thompson-picture-7.pngKenneth Thompson’s campaign promises of equal treatment under the law turned out to be empty. It appears that Thomson cares more about getting re-elected than prosecuting those who abuse Orthodox children. In Brooklyn, to get re-elected as D.A., you need the Orthodox bloc-vote and their campaign cash. That only happens when the rabbis see that you do their bidding by covering-up Orthodox child molesters and allowing rabbis to punish victims who go to the police.

Eric Aiken is the owner of and an advocate for Orthodox victims of child sexual abuse. “The List” is the world’s largest database of Orthodox child molesters.

Identification of Alleged Child Molester Needed


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Help Identify Alleged Child Molester, Moshe Friedman –

Eric Aiken, Initially published July 3, 2016

Help Identify Alleged Child Molester, Moshe Friedman

According to the records of the New York State Court system, Moshe Friedman (approximately  31 years old) was arrested in January, 2015 on 2 felony child sexual abuse charges. He is alleged to have abused a young boy at the Bobov (48) yeshiva located at 4206 15th Avenue in Boro Park. I believe he was a special ed teacher, but have not been able to confirm it.


I have a copy of the police report (which I am not free to share). What Friedman is alleged to have done to the boy is indescribably shocking. The report contains the most sadistic child abuse allegations I have ever read other than the Elior Chen abuse case in Israel (Elior Chen – sentenced). The Israeli judge in the Chen case said that it was the worst child abuse case in the history of Israel.


Friedman’s case is still languishing in the Office of the Brooklyn District Attorney while he is out on bail. In spite of the severity of the charges, there is every possibility he will get a sweetheart plea bargain with little or no prison time and perhaps without even getting lengthy probation and placement on the sex offender registry. Unfortunately, the Brooklyn DA exchanges leniency for ultra orthodox political support. Worse yet, Haredi leadership is more interested in protecting offenders than sparing Haredi children.


Friedman is being represented by noted defense attorney, Arthur Aidala, one of the highest-priced criminal defense lawyers in Brooklyn and a political mover and shaker. Aidala also defended Baruch Lebovits together with Alan Dershowitz (Baruch Lebovits – Dershowitz sued). Freidman’s high-priced lawyer makes me wonder if some important people are backing him.


I don’t have a picture of Friedman and as there are many Moshe Friedman’s in the world who have no connection to this case, it would be helpful if someone can send me a picture of the Moshe Friedman who has been arrested.  


I usually don’t write about specific Orthodox child sexual abuse cases. I prefer to focus on the rabbis and Orthodox institutions who regularly protect and cover-up Orthodox child molesters as being the true source of the unchecked plague of abuse in our communities.


However, knowing the Brooklyn D.A.’s long, sick, history of giving convicted Orthodox child molesters little or no jail time, I want to try to publicize the Friedman case. In the event that there is a conviction, perhaps the increased publicity might make it  more difficult for the Brooklyn D.A. to deliver its usual sweetheart deals. If the D.A. does sign on to a sweetheart deal, the media will be alerted to the severity of the crimes.


Friedman’s next court hearing will be in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court on Wednesday July 20. The judge on the case is Raymond Guzman. The assistant D.A. is Deanna Michelle Paul.


If you have any information or photos of the Moshe Friedman who worked at the Bobov yeshiva in Boro Park, please email me at


Eric Aiken is the owner of and is an advocate for Orthodox victims of child sexual abuse. “The List” on his website contains the world’s largest database of known Orthodox child molesters.

Shaya Lichtenstein – How Many Guns Are There?





The Daily News is Reporting:

EXCLUSIVE: NYC gun broker accused of bribing cops used cozy relationships with NYPD to have clients avoid mandatory interviews


Crooked gun license broker Shaya Lichtenstein’s access to police was so good that his applicants didn’t even have to come to headquarters for a mandated interview before they got their permits, the Daily News has learned.

That revelation comes from John Chambers, a Manhattan lawyer who specializes in New York City gun licenses.

Chambers is now representing a number of Lichtenstein’s clients who have either had their licenses suspended as a result of Lichtenstein’s indictment.

The NYPD has suspended 37 permits as part of their review of the permits.

NYPD seizing guns from people who got them through shady broker

NYPD policy requires deep and extensive background checks, and a lengthy interview after the applicants are fingerprinted.

Chambers said Lichtenstein’s clients, especially the more recent ones, only had to submit a minimal amount of documentation before they got their licenses.

“There is a mountain of documentation that’s required, but all some of them needed to send in was a few pieces of paper for the permit to go forward,” Chambers said.

Lichtenstein is charged with bribing cops to expedite gun permit requests.

Lichtenstein is charged with bribing cops to expedite gun permit requests.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

Lichtenstein was charged April 18 in Manhattan Federal Court with bribing cops with $6,000 in cash and other goodies to expedite gun permit requests.

A former leader of the Brooklyn Shomrim security patrol, he billed his clients between $5,000 and $25,000 for the service, records show.

Two officers were transferred out of the licensing unit as part of the far-reaching NYPD corruption probe.

Lichtenstein, 44, was so cozy with cops in the license division that he’d spent nearly every day inside the office in Police Headquarters since 2014, federal court papers say.

NYPD dissects gun license applications following bribery scandal


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Police Officers Eating Matzoh, Cozy Much?


Community Relations or Beholden Officers

April 25, 2016

Just for the fun of it, a few of us went out and offered to buy lunch for several New York State Police officers. We asked friends across the country to do the same. Some of us in California didn’t want to make an attempt for fear that the gesture would be misconstrued.

In all but one situation, the officers thanked us profusely but declined. Why?

We were told that the officers in question could not accept gifts because of the “appearance of impropriety.” The one officer who accepted lunch was off duty at the time but still in uniform. He was willing to speak to us and said that even a sandwich can create a sense of being beholden. He felt that because he was off duty he was not crossing that grey line.


We guess eating Matzoh on video fits into an entirely different category?

VosIzNeias reports about the reaction of NYPD officers to their first taste of Matzoh. 




Every Penny de Blasio Ever Raised Scritinized?

Is There Anything de Blasio Would Not do For Money and Power?

LostMessiah, April 22, 2016

Amongst the hundreds of thousands of dollars de Blasio ever raised in campaign funds and bundled contributions are not only donations from Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg but from their many companies. R $ R are currently being investigated for gifts for favors schemes involving high ranking New York City Police Department officials.

Mayor de Blasio has repeatedly denied the allegations or feigned ignorance of the related investigations.

The New York Post is reporting:

Is Bharara investigating every dollar de Blasio ever raised?

“The big picture: Team de Blasio has been a money vacuum since he took office. Bharara’s doubtless looking into whether the flows of cash were illicitly structured to seem to comply with the law.

People with business before the city gave huge and unlimited sums to CONY, which wasn’t bound by campaign-finance laws.

The mayor’s team also arranged for huge sums to go to upstate Democratic county committees — sums then diverted to candidates who couldn’t legally receive them directly. That looks very much like an end-run around the campaign laws.”

Additional Sources:

Follow de Blasio’s money: Too many favors for too many donors

“Bill de Blasio put up the for-sale sign on City Hall before it was even his to occupy — and now state and federal investigators are hard at work following the money.

New York City provides politicians with America’s most generous, tightly regulated public campaign financing. By strictly limiting how much anyone may give to a candidate, as well as how much a candidate may spend, the system is designed to banish legalized bribery.

To maintain his image as Mr. Pure Progressive, de Blasio professes full dedication to taxpayer-financed campaigns. To maintain power, he has played a cynical big-money game by benefiting from largely unregulated political committees that had everything to do with achieving his goals, including his election.

As surely as money follows power, the committees attracted outsized contributions from players who wanted one blessing or another from the mayor — and then de Blasio signaled that very generous givers could get their money’s worth by getting his maximum attention and effort.

And never could the city’s top ethics watchdog and anti-corruption cop, Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, say boo because Peters had served as de Blasio’s campaign treasurer.

On Friday, Peters announced that he would play no role in the burgeoning probes, which is to say that Peters is disqualified from fulfilling the highest responsibility of the job. Letter of resignation to follow. (See editorial below.)

The mayor says, insists, repeats and reiterates that his intentions — like winning universal pre-K — were pure and that never has any quid come close to any quo. Take him at his word — he still repaid many a money debt.”


DE BLASIO’s interested donors — CUOMO’s ever-present aide — PRINCE tributes

04/22/16 07:45 AM EDT

By Azi Paybarah in Manhattan, Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, and Mike Allen in D.C., with Daniel Lippman

PROBING DE BLASIO, CONTINUED — How he helped raise money for Democrats in 2014 — Times’ J. David Goodman, William Neuman and William Rashbaum: “What prosecutors investigating the State Senate fund-raising effort appear to be seeking … is evidence of a scheme to use the county committees to illegally redistribute contributions to candidates favored by Mr. de Blasio. There seemed to be little question where the money sent to county committees should ultimately end up, officials with the committees said. ‘We were told, before we got it, how it was going to be used,’ said Louis Epstein, the first vice chairman of the Democratic committee in Putnam County … A review of state campaign records and voluntary disclosures by Mr. de Blasio’s nonprofit show an interlocking web of donors with interests before the city. Beyond the labor unions, which give lavishly to Democratic campaigns in any election, there are men with little prior experience as major donors in New York politics on the rolls of local and state campaign committees …

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Will R&R Be Getting Some Unwelcome R&R?

Arrests Underway and Others May be Imminent

LostMessiah April 18, 2016

Several sources have contacted us to let us know that the arrests of Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg may be imminent. We have not been able to independently verify our sources. 

Today’s events included the arrest of Shaya “Alex” Lichtenstein, who is listed as a member of the Brooklyn Shomrim but the complaint has him living in Pomona, New York (Rockland County). Those cynics amongst us wonder if he also votes in Brooklyn and Pomona. According to the article from the New York Daily News regarding his arrest,  federal prosecturo Kan Nawaday stated, “He was no less than an arms dealer for the community.”

Immediately preceding his arrest,

NYPD announced that the License Division’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Michael Endall, 48, was transferred from the unit into an administrative position “pending further review.”

The department also placed Sgt. David Villanueva, 42, and Officer Richard Ochetal, 36, on modified duty and moved them away from the unit, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.

Lichtenstein, who has his own gun permit, is a member of the Borough Park Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer patrol. He was arrested Sunday in his Pomona, N.Y. home.

See the New York Daily News.


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