Video sparks allegations of child sex abuse in Kiryas Joel

By Hudson News 12
May 3, 2016

KIRYAS JOEL - A new video has sparked allegations of child sex abuse allegedly from inside an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Orange County.

The video was reportedly leaked from someone inside one of the largest yeshivas in Kiryas Joel and given to News 12 by concerned members of the Hasidic community.

The video seems to show a young Hasidic boy being held, jerked, caressed and seemingly kissed while between a man's legs for 15 minutes. The boy is repeatedly seen trying to get away, and at one point appears to wipe tears from his eyes.

Hasidic education activist Naftuli Moster says the video was leaked by a frustrated staff member inside a Kiryas Joel yeshiva.

"They thought it was what it looks like - sex abuse, child sex abuse - and they decided to spread it," he says.

Moster says authorities didn't press charges last year against the high-ranking school official in the video, which was posted to Facebook Sunday and has already racked up more than 27,000 views.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office wouldn't comment Monday on whether it had seen the tape or if the incident is under investigation.

News 12 went to the school where the alleged abuse happened, but was turned away and told no one was available.