Melbourne, Australia - Judge Orders Ultra-Orthodox School To Pay Sexually Abused Student $1M
Melbourne, Australia - In what is being heralded as a landmark case, a Supreme Court justice has ordered an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school to fork over $1M to a sexually abused student after school board members attempted to cover up the abuse and then aided its molesting principal in fleeing the country to Israel within hours of the story going public.
The Age (http://goo.gl/0uNgTX) reports that allegations by the student that she was repeatedly molested by then-Adass Israel principal Malka Leifer broke in 2008, and within hours emergency crisis talks were convened by the school’s committee of management—-after which Ms. Leifer boarded the next flight to Israel under the cover of darkness.
In his ruling, Supreme Court judge Justice Jack Rush called Ms. Leifer’s actions “monstrous,” while deriding the school board’s behavior as “likely motivated by a desire to conceal her wrongdoing and confine and isolate the conduct and its consequences to within the Adass community.”
An Australian legal expert said that the ruling sets a precedent that would “strike terror into the hearts” of schools embroiled in abuse scandals across the country.
Mrs Leifer, a mother of eight, was arrested in Israel in August 2014 and is facing extradition to Australia, where she is wanted on 74 counts of sexual assault.
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