Rabbi Charged With Repeated Sexual Assault

Rabbi allegedly sexually harassed woman who came to him for marital counseling with her husband.

The Haifa District Prosecutor's Office filed an indictment on Tuesday against the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Bialik for sexually assaulting and harassing three women.

According to the indictment, between December 2003 and January 2004, Rabbi Aminadav Krispin allegedly committed lewd acts and sexually harassed a female housekeeper who worked in the Rabbinate's office.

The indictment further reveals that Krispin was charged with a similar offense in June 2003, when a woman came to him for counseling with her husband. The rabbi allegedly asked the husband to leave the room and, once alone, kissed the woman's head, claiming that he was giving her a special blessing, and made other sexual overtures.

An incident from 1998 is also included in the indictment, even though the statute of limitations on the crime has run out, in which the rabbi allegedly sexually harassed a secretary at the religious council. The defendant is not charged with the crime, but it is included in the indictment in order to demonstrate a pattern. The indictment also charges that the rabbi tried to intimidate one of the witnesses in the case after these allegations came to light.