Melbourne Jewish college tried to 'cure' sex offender

Victim Manny Waks

The Yeshivah Orthodox Jewish College in Melbourne tried to "cure" a serial sex offender and continued to employ him more than 20 years after victims reported he had sexually abused them, reports The Age.

The evidence was given to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday as the Commission began its second hearing in Melbourne, focusing on the ultra-orthodox Jewish organisation Yeshivah. 

The two-week hearing at the County Court will examine Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi's response to child sexual abuse allegations against their former employees, convicted sex offenders David Cyprys, David Kramer and Daniel Hayman.

Cyprys was found guilty of indecent assault in 1992 and released on a good behaviour bond. In 2013, the County Court found him guilty of five charges of rape, five charges of indecent assault, attempted indecent assault, and two counts of gross indecency. He is still serving his eight-year prison sentence for these crimes.

One of Cyprys' victims, known as AVA, said he was sexually abused between the ages of 14 and 17, when he took private kung fu lessons from Cyprys.

"There is no doubt in my mind Yeshivah College and some of its rabbis were aware of David's penchant for young boys," he told the Commission.

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Yeshivah Melbourne tried to 'cure' serial sex offender (The Age)

Rabbi knew of abuse in 1986: victim (SBS)

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Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands releases new sexual abuse policy (ABC)

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