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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yeshivah worker found guilty of child rape

A member of Melbourne's orthodox Jewish community has been found guilty of raping a 15-year-old boy, and pleaded guilty to molesting eight other boys, it can be revealed.

David Samuel Cyprys, 45, who was affiliated with the Yeshivah Centre in St Kilda East as a locksmith, karate instructor and leader of the centre's youth group, was last month found guilty by a County Court jury of raping the boy five times between 1990 and 1991.

A suppression order over the trial prevented media reporting the jury's verdict, until the order was lifted on Tuesday by Judge Peter Wischusen.

Cyprys was to plead not guilty in two more trials, but instead pleaded guilty to a further 12 charges on Tuesday, meaning the suppression order over his name and offending could be lifted.

The court heard that besides the rape victim, Cyprys abused eight boys aged between seven and 14 over an eight-year period, some in the Yeshivah Centre's bathing house and another while on a school camp.

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