YU fires teacher with sexual abuse conviction, days after hiring
Yeshiva University admits it had 'erred' by allowing Akiva Roth to begin teaching before his background check was completed.
Yeshiva University has terminated Akiva Roth, 42, after past sexual misconduct came to light.
Roth, who had been hired as a Hebrew teacher at Yeshiva College, had pled guilty to four counts of abuse against boys he tutored for their bar mitzvahs in 1997. He received 10 years of probation.
“Mr. Roth is no longer employed by the University,” said a statement released Friday. To the university’s knowledge, “he has not engaged in any inappropriate conduct during his time at YU.”
The university admitted that it had “erred” by allowing Roth to begin teaching before his background check was completed.
“Yeshiva University will continue to re-evaluate its hiring processes and work to close any gaps in our procedure,” the statement said.