Rabbinical student free after judge dismisses sex assault case

By Andrew Beam (Times Herald Record)
December 9, 2015

MONTICELLO - A rabbinical student is a free man after a judge on Wednesday dismissed the case in which he was charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in 2011.

Sullivan County Court Judge Frank LaBuda dismissed the case against Haim Boukris because Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Eamonn Neary was not able to provide enough evidence to prove the charges against the 29-year-old South Fallsburg resident.

"The decision is not based on the credibility of the young man or any witness," LaBuda said. "It's because the court was not able to find the innocence or guilt of the defendant."

LaBuda specifically said the prosecution could not nail down the date or location where the alleged acts occurred. The judge also said that the prosecution's sole witness gave contradictory testimony.

Boukris had been charged with predatory sexual assault against a child and first degree sexual abuse, both felonies..

LaBuda said that Boukris cannot be brought up on these charges again.

County District Attorney James Farrell was not immediately available for comment.