According to Special Victims detectives, Gary Lieberman, 56, a Jewish Rabbi employed as a religious teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, sexually abused his student who was 10 years of age at the time of occurrence, police said. Photo NCPD
(Long Island, NY) A Far Rockaway rabbi has been arrested in connection with allegations that he sexually abused a 10-year-old religion student in West Hempstead, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
According to Special Victims Squad detectives, Gary Lieberman, 56, of 1148 Beach 12th Street, a Jewish Rabbi who was employed as a religious teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County located at 609 Hempstead Avenue, sexually abused his student who was 10 years of age at the time of occurrence, police said.
The alleged sexual abuse occurred beginning November 04, 2009 through May 2010, according to authorities.
This incident occurred in a learning resource room on the second floor, where the victim and defendant would be alone. Additional inappropriate conduct occurred inside the restroom of the school. Lieberman told the victim that if he tells anyone about this they would not believe him because he is a Rabbi, officials said.
The incident was brought to the attention of the Nassau County Special Victims Squad by the Chairman of the Board of Education of the Hebrew Academy in 2013. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the defendant on Thursday, 10/17/13 at his residence, according to reports.
Lieberman’s employment at the Hebrew Academy was terminated on 08/31/10, although the defendant may have continued teaching at other private religious schools, reports said.
Lieberman is being charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree and will be arraigned today, Friday, 10/18/13 in First District Court, Hempstead.
Detectives ask if you or anyone you know has been victimized by this defendant to contact the Special Victims Squad at 516-573-4022.
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