Pittsburgh, PA – A former Rabbi and teacher at a Pittsburgh yeshiva has been fired after being named as the alleged perpetrator in several incidents of child molestation.
According to The Jewish Chronicle, 26 year old Rabbi Nisson Friedman is being investigated by Pittsburgh police in connection with assaults on at least three boys. A family member who declined to be identified said that Rabbi Friedman was himself a child victim of sexual abuse.
Rabbi Friedman, son of well known lecturer Rabbi Manis Friedman, had been a teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh since 2014. He was suspended this past September after he was observed “touching a child inappropriately” in the school’s library.
The yeshiva reported the incident to the authorities and informed parents that an investigation was underway.
Detective Bryan Sellers of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sex Assault Team commended the yeshiva for its handling of the case. Over time, reports of other incidents of alleged abuse by Rabbi Friedman have surfaced from parents in both Pittsburgh and other communities and Sellers said that he is “absolutely certain” that there are other victims who have yet to come forward.
Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum, principal of the yeshiva, noted that while Rabbi Friedman hails from a well known family in the Chabad community, the yeshiva had followed the same screening procedures on him that they did with all other prospective employees including running security checks with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to his work at the yeshiva, Rabbi Friedman has worked at several summer camps in recent years.
Sellers said that he believes that a warrant for Rabbi Friedman’s arrest is “inevitable.”
CBS News reported that Rabbi Friedman is currently in the midst of a divorce and is currently living with family members in New York.