NEW HAVEN (VINnews) — Judge Jon Alander has formally sentenced Rabbi Daniel Greer to 20 years in state prison. Greer was accused of repeatedly abusing students at his Norton Street boarding school.
Greer was sentenced Monday morning in State Superior Court at 235 Church St. Judge Alander stated his hope that the sentence would serve as a powerful message to other victims who have previously been afraid to come foreward and out their abusers, particulary within the Orthodox Jewish community.
Greer’s originally scheduled sentencing date was delayed, as his lawyer alleged that the state intimidated defense witnesses. However on November 20, Judge Alander declined to allow a new trial, paving the way for the sentencing to move forward.
Greer reportedly sat in court and covered his forehead with his hand while listening to testimony. He declined to make a statement in court, as his lawyers plan to file an appeal.
As the Judge was anouncing that the sentence would include priosn time, a court marshal was cuffing Greer’s hand behind his back. Greer’s face reportedly turned red and he began shaking.
The judge ordered Greer go directly to jail, rather than remain free on bond, because he considers Greer to be a flight risk. Alander said Greer is facing the “cold realization” that at 79 years old he will likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars.
“Why does society view these crimes as particularly deplorable? Why have they garnered such significant media and public attention? Because they involve a colossal violation of trust,” Alander said, as reported by newhavenindependent.org.
“When, as parents, we send our children to school and take them to houses of worship, we entrust the leaders of those with the care of our children. We share an unspoken promise in understanding that our children will grow and prosper under their tutelage. When a teacher or religious leader breaks that promise, they betray that trust. It is both unexpected and deeply disturbing.”
“It is important that a statement be made, to be heard by others in positions of authority who might be tempted; to be heard by the victims of sexual abuse who may find some solace in it,” Alander continued. “The Talmud teaches that there is hope for a man who is capable of being ashamed. It is my hope that someday you will truly feel ashamed for your actions and thereby embark on the road to redemption.”
Greer’s victims testified and told their stories throughout the trial.