Monsey principal arrested, charges remain sealed

By Steve Lieberman (The Journal News)
August 11, 2014

RAMAPO - A Monsey rabbi and school principal was arrested Monday by Ramapo police after an investigation led by the Rockland District Attorney's special unit dealing with crimes against children.

The exact charges against Gavriel Bodenheimer were unclear. His lawyer, David Ascher, said the charges were contained in a sealed indictment that he had not been able to see.

Bodenheimer, 71, was being processed Monday afternoon at the Rockland County jail, Ascher said. He said he has been told the arraignment and unsealing of the indictment will take place Tuesday morning.

Bodenheimer is principal of Bais Mikroh, a boys' yeshiva.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Art Ferraro said the office would have no comment on the matter at this time.

Bodenheimer has been active recently in the push to change the state education aid formula to bring more aid to East Ramapo, and spoke at a spring press conference on the matter.