Man in Court Over Jewish School Sex Assaults

by Jewel Topsfield (The Sydney Morning Herald)
September 6, 2011

A Balaclava man has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting children at a Melbourne Jewish school.
Locksmith and security guard David Cyprys, 43, was arrested this morning.

The alleged offences involved students of Yeshivah College, an orthodox Jewish boys' school in East St Kilda, during the 1980s and early 1990s.

The court heard there were five alleged victims in Victoria, five in NSW and two in the US.

The alleged victims, who were all associated with Yeshivah college, were aged between seven and 17 at the time.

Cyprys has been charged with 16 counts of indecent assault and 13 counts of gross indecency.

Cyprys, who also taught karate, recently stood down from the board of management of an Elwood synagogue while police investigated the claims made against him by former students of the school.

He had been employed as a security guard by the Yeshivah Centre, which is part of the school.

Cyprys did not enter a plea and was granted bail on conditions including that he surrender his passport, does not go within 100 metres of a school and is not in contact with any child under 16 unless supervised by child protection authorities.

This includes his own children and step-children.

The case was adjourned to December 2.