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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rabbi Baruch Lebovits abused me too, claims orthodox Jewish man charged with molesting boy

An orthodox Jewish man charged with molesting a boy at a Brooklyn synagogue dropped a bombshell on cops: He claimed he was abused years ago by a rabbi just sent to prison for preying on youngsters.

Meir Dascalowitz made the allegation in a confession while he was questioned about his 2009 encounters with a 12-year-old in a ritual bath in Williamsburg, a source told the Daily News.

Dascalowitz alleged that he had been molested by Rabbi Baruch Lebovits - who was recently convicted of abusing a 16-year-old boy and has been charged in two other sex cases. "He said he was molested by Lebovits and made an outcry, but nothing ever happened," a source said.

Dascalowitz, 28, an unemployed married clerk with a wife and child, was arrested Tuesday after he left his therapist's home.

Prosecutors allege he molested the 12-year-old once a month between January and June 2009, according to court papers. Almost a year later, the boy told his father, who went to authorities, prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto told a judge.

Dascalowitz declined to comment as he left the courthouse after being freed on $150,000 bail.

"He denies the allegations," said his lawyer Israel Fried.

Lebovits' lawyer also declined to comment.

The rabbi was sentenced last month to 10 to 23 years behind bars for abusing a teenage friend of his son. He has vowed to appeal.

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