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New York - 3 More Members Of Lev Tahor Charged With Kidnapping Children

Published on: December 29, 2018 06:59 PM
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In this combination of two undated photos provided by the New York State Police, Chaim Teller, 12, and his sister Yante Teller, 14, are shown. APIn this combination of two undated photos provided by the New York State Police, Chaim Teller, 12, and his sister Yante Teller, 14, are shown. AP

New York - Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and George P. Beach II, Superintendent of the New York State Police (“NYSP”), announced Friday the arrests of Nachman Helbrans, Mayer Rosner, Aron Rosner, and Jacob Rosner, all of whom were charged by complaint with kidnapping two children in Woodridge, New York, and unlawfully transporting them to Mexico. 

Read the complaint here

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With the help of Mexican law enforcement partners, the children were recovered this morning in the town of Tenango del Air in Mexico.  Plans are underway to bring them back to the United States and reunite them with their mother. 

ARON ROSNER was arrested in New York City on December 23, 2018, and presented in White Plains federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret Smith the following day. 

On or about December 27, 2018, NACHMAN HELBRANS, MAYER ROSNER, and JACOB ROSNER were deported from Mexico by Mexican immigration authorities, and arrived in New York City. 

They were arrested yesterday and presented today in White Plains federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged in the Complaint, the defendants engaged in a terrifying kidnapping of two children in the middle of the night, taking the children across the border to Mexico. 

Thankfully, the kidnappers were no match for the perseverance of the FBI, the New York State Police, and Mexican authorities, and the children were recovered this morning after a nearly three-week search.  These charges and arrests send a clear message that if you are involved in child abduction we will find you and bring you to justice.”

Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney said:  “As alleged, the defendants are leaders and members of Lev Tahor who kidnapped two innocent children to continue their lives with the group in violation of a legitimate, court-ordered child custody arrangement.  This case demonstrates the FBI will never cease our efforts to bring justice to those who would victimize our nation’s most vulnerable citizens in blatant disregard for our laws.  I would like to thank the multitude of domestic and international partners who worked tirelessly, shoulder-to-shoulder with us to bring this case to a successful conclusion.”

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said:  “Through great police work, two children are being returned home safely to their mother.  I applaud the teamwork and interagency coordination that lead to getting these suspects into police custody, and these children to safety.  We will continue to work with our partners to seek justice on behalf of those who have been victimized and to protect the members of our communities.” 

According to the allegations in the Complaints unsealed in White Plains federal court:

On or about December 8, 2018, two children (the “Victims”), ages 12 and 14, were kidnapped from a residence in the Village of Woodridge, Sullivan County, New York (the “Residence”), where they were staying with their mother (the “Mother”).  Approximately six weeks earlier, the Mother had fled from an organization in Guatemala called Lev Tahor.

Lev Tahor is an extremist Jewish sect based in Guatemala.  Public news reports indicate that children in Lev Tahor are often subject to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. 

The Mother was previously a voluntary member of Lev Tahor and her father was its founder and former leader, Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans. 

According to the Mother, the new leader of Lev Tahor, her brother NACHMAN HELBRANS, is more extreme than her father had been, and, as a result, she fled from the group.  Prior to her escape, the Mother spoke out against the growing extremism within Lev Tahor.

The Mother indicated that it was not safe to keep her children there.  Upon entering the United States, the mother was granted temporary sole custody of the Victims, along with her four other children, in Kings County Family Court and an Order of Protection was issued against the Victims’ biological father on behalf of all six children.

As part of their investigation, law enforcement agents interviewed a participant in the kidnapping who was a member of Lev Tahor for over 19 years before leaving the organization approximately three months ago (“CC-1”).  CC-1 stated that the current leaders of Lev Tahor include MAYER ROSNER and NACHMAN HELBRANS.  CC-1 also stated that NACHMAN HELBRANS is considered the Rabbi and leader of Lev Tahor, that ARON ROSNER is the brother of MAYER ROSNER, and that JACOB ROSNER a/k/a “Chaim Rosner,” is the son of MAYER ROSNER. 

NACHMAN HELBRANS, MAYER ROSNER, JACOB ROSNER, and ARON ROSNER participated in the scheme to kidnap the Victims. 

HELBRANS was captured in surveillance footage with the Victims at an airport outside Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the day of the kidnapping. 

In the footage, HELBRANS and the Victims are wearing modern clothing inconsistent with the clothing typically worn by members of Lev Tahor. 

MAYER ROSNER participated in the planning conversations for the kidnapping and attempted to persuade CC-1 to leave the country once the Victims had been transported to Mexico. 

JACOB ROSNER, who is considered within Lev Tahor to be the husband of the 14-year old Victim, also participated in the planning conversations for the kidnapping and purchased the clothing worn by HELBRANS and the Victims during the kidnapping. 

ARON ROSNER helped fund the kidnapping and organized conference calls with several co-conspirators over the course of the kidnapping during which co-conspirators discussed hotels in Mexico as well as purchases of flights, bus tickets, credit cards, and food for the Victims.

ARON ROSNER, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, MAYER ROSNER, 42, of Guatemala, JACOB ROSNER, 20, of Guatemala, and NACHMAN HELBRANS, 36, of Guatemala, are each charged with one count of kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. 

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding work of the FBI and members of the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, the New York State Police and the members of Troops F and NYC, United States Customs and Border Protection, the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, the Spring Valley Police Department, the Village of Woodridge Police Department, and our law enforcement partners in Mexico.  Mr. Berman also thanked the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs for its assistance.     



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 Dec 29, 2018 at 07:19 PM fat36 Says:

Nice to hear good news once in a while

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 07:49 PM hashomer Says:

Gevalt. Taliban w payiss... Like Shabbati Tsvi, next they'll convert to Islam (or evangelical xtian, like Puny Pence).

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 07:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Something is funny. How could they be charged with kidnapping if the girl is the "Wife" of Jacob Rosner? In Guatemala you can get married at 14 and even if not, he only broke the marriage law?

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 08:13 PM house intelligence Says:

please leave out the words Jewish from this article - THEY ARE NOT JEWISH and definitely NOT ORTHODOX. they are pure MECHALEL SHABBOS and MECHALEL SHEM SHOMAYIM

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 08:55 PM Normal Says:

JACOB ROSNER, who is considered within "Lev Tahor to be the husband of the 14-year old Victim...."
Forced at 14 to marry your kidnapper. Animals.

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 09:40 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

Gevalt. Taliban w payiss... Like Shabbati Tsvi, next they'll convert to Islam (or evangelical xtian, like Puny Pence).

First time we agree on something.
Except this is even worse. Shabsi Tzvi never kidnapped or tortured anyone. This flithy beast named helbrans, locks kids in freezers and forces dad's to lash their kids in public. And these are for small sins like eating eggs that he decided is forbidden. 12 yr olds are forced to marry whom he decides in the cult. Any one who doesn't listen is forced to be a slave and clean toilets.
It goes without saying that they live in unsanatary conditions while the leader hlebrans is well taken care of.

This guy is a sick puppy. The stories you hear are unfathomable. They are all foirst hand eyewitness. Its all verfied. People are mad that our community covers up pedophiles and absuers. Let me tell you thats nothing compared to what these kids suffer.

Lock Hlebrans up and throw away the key

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 10:06 PM stamm Says:

YA BUT LETS HOPE THE 14 YEAR OLD VICTIM GETS HER GET!

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 10:57 PM nolonger Says:

They should leave these people alone. If this is how they want to live their lives so be it

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 Dec 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

Gevalt. Taliban w payiss... Like Shabbati Tsvi, next they'll convert to Islam (or evangelical xtian, like Puny Pence).

Any topic you can think of that cannot be turned into a Trumpty Dumpty story???

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 12:15 AM hmmmm Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Something is funny. How could they be charged with kidnapping if the girl is the "Wife" of Jacob Rosner? In Guatemala you can get married at 14 and even if not, he only broke the marriage law?

It’s such a sick story, and you have such a good question. G d should help these poor brain washed people. Hopefully the average joe in the street doesn’t paint all ultra orthodox as such.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 05:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
nolonger Says:

They should leave these people alone. If this is how they want to live their lives so be it

Only if u join and have fungus on ur feet inches high like the boy had when he arrived shush up or get out. As lonf as theyash themselves, so be it! But to torment kids and wives? And how about the lashing of men too? Are they up for grabs? Its a virtual hell there.
Nobody shod say ultra orthodox. Theyre puppys of a regime and no affiliation with anyone in the free world. Theyre an insane cult that are being disseminated and hopefully some will overcome the trauma and start living. So sad!!!!

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 06:26 AM Anonymous Says:

BH these children are safe. Let's pray for the rest.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 08:13 AM hashomer Says:

Reply to #8  
qazxc Says:

Any topic you can think of that cannot be turned into a Trumpty Dumpty story???

Thanks for amplifying my point by calling him Humpy Dumpy. Trumpfy.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 08:24 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #8  
nolonger Says:

They should leave these people alone. If this is how they want to live their lives so be it

Again you wrote the same stupidty.

I explained this to you friday already. Whats so hard to knock into your thick head?

"If this is how they want to live their lives so be it
How exactly is the "they" who wnat to live? 13 yr old girls??? Have yu read what these beasts do to kids?? How dare you write such stupidty. Should we allow the church to do what they like to kids too because this is how "they want to live?"
Enable child abusers?

You have some nerve. Now shut your fat mouth till you get read eyewitness facts. Your stupidty makes my blood boil.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 08:42 AM chugibugi Says:

Watch how Frankfurter of Ami (rag) magazine will once again whitewash these animals and claim this is nothing but anti semitism (maybe even organize a fundraiser for these monsters

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 09:28 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #8  
nolonger Says:

They should leave these people alone. If this is how they want to live their lives so be it

So you are OK with child sex abuse. Got it.

What about gay marriage? That also live and let live?

Or Jewish parents who decide to have their kids baptised and raised as Catholic, correct? Live and let live, right?

And if they decide to abort all female fetuses, that's ok too right?

Or euthanize children with Downes Syndrome? Just a personal choice, not our business.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 09:36 AM apdsvys Says:

Reply to #7  
stamm Says:

YA BUT LETS HOPE THE 14 YEAR OLD VICTIM GETS HER GET!

there is another way for a woman to be free from her husband other than a get....

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 09:38 AM apdsvys Says:

Reply to #8  
nolonger Says:

They should leave these people alone. If this is how they want to live their lives so be it

go join them....

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 09:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
nolonger Says:

They should leave these people alone. If this is how they want to live their lives so be it

Are you out of your mind? I guess you are one of them. You are obviously either asleep at the wheel or crazy...

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 10:18 AM Chaim Says:

Reply to #6  
Educated Archy Says:

First time we agree on something.
Except this is even worse. Shabsi Tzvi never kidnapped or tortured anyone. This flithy beast named helbrans, locks kids in freezers and forces dad's to lash their kids in public. And these are for small sins like eating eggs that he decided is forbidden. 12 yr olds are forced to marry whom he decides in the cult. Any one who doesn't listen is forced to be a slave and clean toilets.
It goes without saying that they live in unsanatary conditions while the leader hlebrans is well taken care of.

This guy is a sick puppy. The stories you hear are unfathomable. They are all foirst hand eyewitness. Its all verfied. People are mad that our community covers up pedophiles and absuers. Let me tell you thats nothing compared to what these kids suffer.

Lock Hlebrans up and throw away the key

Btw, many ppl out there say the same thing (throw away the key) about the way the lack of a basic education in the Chasidisha world.
I know it’s hard for you to see Lav Tahor’s Brainwashed system, but don’t forget that when someone is an outsider they look at these things very differently. It all depends from where you are looking and from where coming.

P.S I happen to agree that this cult is dangerous and must stop.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 10:57 AM Enough Already Says:

I’m amazed that anyone could even think this bunch should be allowed to do as they please. The child abuse and sexual abuse is totally inconsistent with Jewish and civilized values.
These people need to be rounded up and their victims allowed to come out of captivity.
The leaders all should face a real form of justice for crimes against humility.
No child , adult female or male should be forced to live like they apparently are.
The so called group leaders have taken this sect to the darkest sides of a perverse reality.
Kudos to the FBI and the rest of US law and justice system (at many levels) for having the resolve to get actively involved.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 11:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
hashomer Says:

Thanks for amplifying my point by calling him Humpy Dumpy. Trumpfy.

The point is your insanity. And that has been amplified quite well.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 11:37 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #16  
apdsvys Says:

there is another way for a woman to be free from her husband other than a get....

Or we can just put mendel epstien to work. This case is well warranted some nice torture on helbrans and the roseners who are rashoim gemorim and must be stopped.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 01:14 PM Confused Says:

HOLD ON A MINUTE! Everyone take a DEEEP BREATH!!

Weren't these kids KIDNAPPED from their father? The mother abducted them, remember! Ok, so she afterwards went to a US COurt and got a judge to grant her sole custody, but that was

(1) After she kidnapped them away from their home with their father;

(2) The father was not at the Hearing so judge did not hear his side of story;

(3) The mother and father conceived these children and raised them in the Lev Tahor world, but the mother CHOSE to leave that world and ABDUCTED her kids from that world.

You and I might not be fond of the Lev Tahor world but that is where these children were kidnapped from.

This is no different than a woman who gives up being frum (and considers frum life a "cult", "mind control", etc), and then abducts her frum children away from this (what she and 99% of non-frum people consider as) oppressive lifestyle and gets a judge to grant her full-custody at an ex-parte (one-sided) Hearing.

Look, two wrongs don't make a right, but the mother stole the children from the father. Now he tried to steal them back.

Many do not recognize the "law of the land" and certainly the law of ANOTHER land - the father i

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 02:01 PM Rabbi K from BMG Says:

Chilul shabbos? Not if they honestly believe the children are in danger. Do we know that mother is not deranged and dangerous?! She is daughter of cult founder and sister of current leader. She was active in cult, married to second in command of cult, till she recently left. How "stable" do you think she is? The children in her custody might have been in imminent danger.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 04:39 PM yosher Says:

The silence of the Rabbonus regarding this sect is deafening. This sick, depraved, and abusive group needs to be shut down.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 12:05 PM aleph Says:

How can there be 2 #8s in the comments here?

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 05:35 PM Confused Says:

Reply to #25  
yosher Says:

The silence of the Rabbonus regarding this sect is deafening. This sick, depraved, and abusive group needs to be shut down.

The silence of ALL Rabbonim and Agudah etc. speaks VOLUMES!

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 05:49 PM Bruce Says:

Reply to #23  
Confused Says:

HOLD ON A MINUTE! Everyone take a DEEEP BREATH!!

Weren't these kids KIDNAPPED from their father? The mother abducted them, remember! Ok, so she afterwards went to a US COurt and got a judge to grant her sole custody, but that was

(1) After she kidnapped them away from their home with their father;

(2) The father was not at the Hearing so judge did not hear his side of story;

(3) The mother and father conceived these children and raised them in the Lev Tahor world, but the mother CHOSE to leave that world and ABDUCTED her kids from that world.

You and I might not be fond of the Lev Tahor world but that is where these children were kidnapped from.

This is no different than a woman who gives up being frum (and considers frum life a "cult", "mind control", etc), and then abducts her frum children away from this (what she and 99% of non-frum people consider as) oppressive lifestyle and gets a judge to grant her full-custody at an ex-parte (one-sided) Hearing.

Look, two wrongs don't make a right, but the mother stole the children from the father. Now he tried to steal them back.

Many do not recognize the "law of the land" and certainly the law of ANOTHER land - the father i

It was not kidnapping by the mother. There was no Guatamala court order in place to stop her. She however obtained a US court order to prevent him. It was open to him to seek to overturn that court order but he chose not to.

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 06:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
Bruce Says:

It was not kidnapping by the mother. There was no Guatamala court order in place to stop her. She however obtained a US court order to prevent him. It was open to him to seek to overturn that court order but he chose not to.

My should someone in Guatemala give a hoot about the opinion of some politically elected U.S. judge?

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 Dec 30, 2018 at 06:28 PM mother was equally involved in abuse Says:

These kids were abused when the mother was still in the cult. She did nothing to protect them. In fact, she was the abuser at least as much as Helbrans. Don't make her into some tzadaikes now that she ran away - for reasons you don't know!

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 Dec 31, 2018 at 06:10 AM Bruce Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

My should someone in Guatemala give a hoot about the opinion of some politically elected U.S. judge?

Both Mexico and Guatemala are Treaty Partners to 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction so their justice systems will co-operate with the US Authorities when a child is abducted from the United States

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 Dec 31, 2018 at 06:21 AM Bruce Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Something is funny. How could they be charged with kidnapping if the girl is the "Wife" of Jacob Rosner? In Guatemala you can get married at 14 and even if not, he only broke the marriage law?

Nothing is funny. Guatamala raised the marriage age to 18 in 2005 so that this 'husband' had no 'custody' of his child 'bride' which remained with her parents. The 'husband' is not being charged for breaking the marriage law in Guatemala, but for kidnapping a child out of the US which is a very serious felony.

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 Dec 31, 2018 at 06:38 AM Bruce Says:

Reply to #30  
mother was equally involved in abuse Says:

These kids were abused when the mother was still in the cult. She did nothing to protect them. In fact, she was the abuser at least as much as Helbrans. Don't make her into some tzadaikes now that she ran away - for reasons you don't know!

The US court made its emergency custody order in favor of the mother which it will review. I assume that these children are Israeli citizens so the US Court will probably agree to what Israeli courts will require. So these children will probably return to Israel to be looked after by Israel Child Welfare like any other Israeli child whose parents are unstable.

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