Friday, October 18, 2013
A rabbi has been accused of sexually abusing a student at a religious school on Long Island four years ago.
Gary Lieberman, 56, of Far Rockaway is expected to be arraigned on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.
Lieberman repeatedly abused a student between November 2009 and May 2010 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County in West Hempstead, where he was a teacher, police said.
The student was 10 years old when the alleged abuse began, investigators said.
Lieberman allegedly told the boy no one would believe him if he told anyone about the abuse because he was a rabbi, police said.
Lieberman was terminated from his job at the Hebrew Academy in August 2010, but police say he may have continued teaching at other private religious schools.
School officials learned of the alleged abuse this year and notified police, who arrested Lieberman on Thursday.
“There was an allegation regarding an incident which allegedly occurred years ago which was recently brought to our attention regarding a teacher that has not worked at the school for several years,” the school said in a statement.
“The school was proactive in reporting the allegation to the police and we are continuing to cooperate with their investigation,” the statement continued.
Detectives worry there could be additional victims and are asking anyone with information to contact the Special Victims Squad at 516-573-4022.
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