Accused Child Molester Will Not Face American Court
By Avi Meir (Five Towns Jewish Times)
January 14, 2010
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Abraham Mondrowitz, accused of committing crimes of molestation of against minors in the United States up to 25 years ago, will not be extradited.
Justice Ayala Procaccia ruled on the case. Justice Procaccia justified her ruling based on the statute of limitations on the charges, also explaining that it would harm the suspect's right to due process.
"Due to the passage of time until the extradition process could begin, because of the circumstances in which the obstacle in the agreement was not removed when it should have been, we must reject the extradition appeal," Justice Procaccia wrote.
"This is a very disappointing ruling," remarked an activist in the New York Jewish community who has written extensively about child molestation in the Orthodox Jewish world. "It would have sent a strong and necessary message."
"When we ignore a molestor of children or let him travel from one Yeshiva to another, twenty years later we have created a new crop of people who need help and who very well might molest themselves."
Mondrowitz, who passed himself off as a psychologist, resided in the United States and toward the end in Brooklyn, New York until 1984. Aware that he would be pursued by the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office he fled to Israel. A few months after his arrival he was indicted in his home country on charges of sexual abuse of minors.
In 1985 the United States made its first extradition request regarding Mondrowitz, but the appeal was denied because at that time the crimes he was accused of were not part of the extradition agreement.
The agreement was amended only two years ago, and in September, 2007 a new request was filed. This was the request that was denied on Thursday.