U.S. Rabbi Arrested For Raping Girl 10 Years Ago

by Shlomo Shamir (Ha'aretz)
April 14, 2010

NEW YORK - U.S. Marshals arrested a rabbi outside of his synagogue in Chandler, Arizona, for his alleged involvement in a rape case that occurred 10 years ago.

Rabbi Bryan Bramley, 45, was arrested outside Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue Tuesday morning by the Child Predator Apprehension Team of the U.S. Marshals and detectives with the New York Police Department.

Bramley is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in March 2000 in New York City.

The alleged rape occurred at the home of Bramley's family while the victim was spending the night. The Bramley's lived in New York during his rabbinical studies.

The victim didn't report the incident until August 2009, when she was 17-years-old.

This is the second time in recent months a rabbi has been linked to a sex crime. Earlier this month, Brooklyn rabbi Baruch Lebovits was convicted of sexual assault against a child.