New Hebrew Instructor at Yeshiva University Was Once Convicted of Sexual Misconduct With Minors

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Yeshiva University apparently has not had its fill of sex scandals for the year. Fresh off the revelations of systemic sexual abuse at a boys' school affiliated with the university in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, the school has found itself mired in yet another PR nightmare. A new hire in the Yeshiva College Hebrew department is Akiva Roth, 42, who was arrested on sexual assault charges in 1996.

According to the Jewish Daily Forward, Roth began teaching Hebrew at Yeshiva College in Washington Heights this semester. There is no indication that any complaints have been filed against him from within the university.

Roth was once a private bar mitzvah tutor affiliated with Golda Och Academy, then known as Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, in West Orange, N.J. He was arrested in September 1996 for exposing himself to young boys in private sessions and encouraging them to do the same.

In March 1997, Roth was sentenced to 10 years' probation after pleading to four counts of lewdness. He was originally charged with sexual contact with and endangerment of the welfare of children.

A Yeshiva University spokesman released a statement to Runnin' Scared, calling the situation a "personnel issue" and declining to comment on the specifics of Roth's appointment.

The statement reads:

Yeshiva University maintains an unwavering commitment to preventing sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind and has instituted numerous policies, procedures and practices to ensure a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and community. We will continue to review all of the University's policies and procedures related to such matters to ensure they reflect the best in class standard. Although we cannot comment on the details of this particular case, as it involves a personnel issue, we will continue to review this matter.

It is unclear what detection procedures the university has in place to prevent the hiring of sex offenders. But one would not know that Roth was ever convicted of a sex crime: a search of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and national sex offender registries did not yield Roth's name. It is not known if signing up on the registry was a condition of Roth's probation.

Roth's LinkedIn account claims that he was previously employed at American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Drew University in New Jersey, and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

According to Failed Messiah, Roth began working at Drew in 1999 as a lecturer in modern and biblical Hebrew. He also worked as a chaplain there. He left Drew in December 2006, partway through the school year.

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Marien E. German
Marien E. German

My friend did house keepig at the Yeshiva around 168 in Manhattan....she said, the nastiest sexual shit would be found. Like beer bottles with shitted condoms on them. LIke, get a dildo, what if that shit breaks in your ass....you have some splainin to dooodooo.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

If Yeshiva University maintains an unwavering commitment to preventing sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind why would they hire a man convicted of these sex crimes?  

How could anyone with a conscience put a man convicted of four counts of lewd act with children in place where he will work with more children?  

If the University was unaware of it when hiring him they should terminate him now that they know.  If they hired him knowing that he plead guilty to four counts of lewd acts with children they should be ashamed.  I hope that parents pull their kids out of this school if they keep this sicko on.

anonymous
anonymous

"Qualified Goyim? Feh! G-d chosen rapist? Okay!"  Jewish nepotism at it's finest.

anonymous2
anonymous2

@anonymous  

Yeshiva University does NOT have a policy of only hiring Jews. They do hire well-qualified teachers. And if you read the article, you would see that this man was well-qualified, and he was not listed in the sexual offender registry.  Yeshiva University is a Jewish school, and this was a Hebrew class. Would it be 'Muslim nepotism' for a Muslim institution to hire a well-qualified Muslim to teach Arabic? 

It was not clear that this man was a sexual offender, and we don't know if he lied or not in the interview process. But now Yeshiva University knows, and is taking care of the issue. That is commendable.

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