Daniel (Gug) Hayman was sentenced Tuesday for indecently assaulting a teenager at a Jewish youth camp in the 1980s.
According to local media, a Sydney Magistrates court handed Haymen a 19-month suspended sentence for holding a 14-year-old boy's penis whilst volunteering at the Chabad-run camp.
Magistrate David Williams told the court that he "would have had no hesitation in sending him to jail," had the offense been committed recently, but that he had to apply the law as it was at the time of the offence, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Sydney Morning Herald.
At the time the crime was committed, Hayman was a recently married 24-year-old volunteering at Camp Gan Israel at Stanwell Tops, south of Sydney, the ABC reported.
A Chabad spokesman, quoted by ABC, said that although Hayman was involved in the Yeshiva Center, the headquarters of Chabad in Sydney, he was never an employee.
“Mr. Hayman attended Yeshiva Synagogue to pray or for classes but was never an employee or teacher at the Yeshiva Center,” Rabbi Eli Feldman said in a statement. “Any volunteer work that he offered Yeshiva did not include responsibility for children.”
Hayman, who now resides in Los Angeles, was arrested late last year whilst visiting Sydney for his mother's funeral, JTA reported in September.
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