Rabbi convicted of sexually assaulting boy nine years ago

By Steve Schmadeke (Chicago Tribune)
November 16, 2015

A rabbi from Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood was convicted Monday by a Cook County judge of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy he had been mentoring nine years ago.

Aryeh "Larry" Dudovitz had gone to the boy's home for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in October 2006 and plied him with alcohol, according to testimony Monday from the boy, now 24. The man testified he drank so much he became ill and fell asleep but awakened to find Dudovitz performing a sex act on him.

Dudovitz confessed to the assault to several members of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, a religious court that convened soon after the boy reported the assault to his mother.

At the trial Monday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, several prominent Orthodox rabbis testified that Dudovitz admitted assaulting the boy.

Ruling from the bench after hearing two hours of evidence and argument, Judge Evelyn Clay found Dudovitz, now 48, guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault. She ordered Dudovitz taken into custody until he turns over his passport, at which point Clay said she will release him on electronic monitoring until his sentencing.