Brooklyn Court Awards $3.5M To Orthodox Activist Who Says His Cousin Molested Him As A Boy

Vos Iz Neias
June 13, 2013

Brooklyn, NY - On Wednesday, a Brooklyn Supreme Court awarded 24 year-old activist Chaim Levin $3.5M in a suit charging that his cousin molested him over a four year period when he was a young boy.

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/175tgLX) reports that despite his award, it remains unclear whether or not Levin will see a penny, due to the fact that his first cousin, Sholom Eicher, remains in Israel where he fled immediately following the filing of the suit.

Eicher did not deny the charges before he fled.

Levin charged that Eicher molested him between 1996 and 1999 at his family’s home on Eastern Parkway, at the synagogue Vishnitz in Crown Heights, and at a family vacation retreat in upstate New York beginning when he was six years old.

An expiration of the statute of limitations prevented DA Hynes’ office from pursuing criminal charges, but reports show that Israeli officials are currently investigating the possibility that Eicher may have molested Levin during a family trip to Jerusalem in 1999.