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Hartford, CT - Prominent Connecticut Rabbi Ordered To Pay $20M To Former Student Alleging Sexual Abuse

Published on: May 19, 2017 02:31 PM
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Hartford, CT -  A federal jury on Thursday awarded $15 million to a New Jersey man who accused a prominent Connecticut rabbi of repeatedly raping and molesting him when he was a teenager.

Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were ordered Thursday to pay the compensatory damages to Eliyahu Mirlis. Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit that Greer sexually abused him for three years while he was a student at the Jewish boarding school from 2001 to 2005.

Greer was the school’s principal. He has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t name people who say they were sexually abused, but Mirlis’ attorney said he wanted to come forward.

“My client came forward showing great courage to right a wrong and to protect other children,” said the lawyer, Antonio Ponvert III, in a statement. “Child abuse in all its forms must end and this is a step in that process.”

The alleged assaults occurred in various locations including on school property and Greer’s home, the lawsuit alleged.


Greer’s attorney, William Ward, said Thursday he and his client were “extremely disappointed” with the judgment and would appeal.

Under state law, the plaintiff also is entitled to one-third of the verdict in punitive damages, which would be $5 million in this case, the New Haven Register reported.

Greer has testified before the state legislature several times on a variety of issues, including opposing same-sex unions in 2002 before the state approved same-sex marriage. He also is a former member of the New Haven police commissioners’ board and a past chairman of the New Haven Redevelopment Agency.

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 May 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM Anonymous Says:

To all of those on this site,who took the side of the defendant in this civil trial, I hit the nail on the head, when I blasted the defendant. As I stated at that time, if it was the gentile janitor in the school who was the guilty party, then everyone would have condemned that person. However, when this particular individual was involved, everyone gave him the benefit of the doubt. Fortunately, a jury saw it the other way, and believed the victim. Justice was served in this case; however, I wish criminal charges were filed.


 May 19, 2017 at 10:27 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

In cases where there is a doubt, it should be given to the defendant. There does not seem to be a doubt in this case.


 May 20, 2017 at 10:53 PM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

In cases where there is a doubt, it should be given to the defendant. There does not seem to be a doubt in this case.

If you would actually know Danny Greer you would not say this. I predicated to more then a few people 10+ years ago that Danny would go to jail or be in trouble. The funny thing is not b/c of the reason of this story. He is corrupted from top to bottom. I will stop there.

At the same time Danny does not associate to the mainstream Frum Rabbonim. So any comparisons to stories in the frum highly populations of coverup's etc there is none. Danny was and still is in his own world.

He was someone who worked in government before starting a Yeshiva. Extremely smart person but used it the wrong way. It was his way and that was it. He also knew how to gain the system based on his past government experience.

Finally someone took him down.


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