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

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Akiva Roth
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.

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Homeless Shelter With Sexual Offenders Opens In Greenpoint, Residents Pissed

In October, we heard about a homeless shelter immediately opening in Carroll Gardens, much to the dismay of local residents. Since August, the Department of Health Services personnel had been (and continue to be) overwhelmed with the accelerating rate of the homeless population, unable to find space in the five boroughs. As a result, the Bloomberg administration had notified the Community Board in the hyper-gentrifying neighborhood only days before.

And the same thing just (sorta) happened in Greenpoint.

Yesterday, the Daily News reported on the building at 400 McGuiness Boulevard, which has been there since August as well. The location is an assessment shelter, evaluated over time to determine if a long-term facility is needed. Except the City opened it without telling nearby residents.

And there's one characteristic of the story that's a bit different: the shelter is home to a few convicted sexual offenders.

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Teenage Pizza Delivery Boy Accused Of Raping UWS Woman, Said He Was 'Horny'

Caesar Lucas's Facebook.
This has to be the most bizarre news story today.

Cesar Lucas, a 16-year-old pizza delivery kid, was filling an order on the Upper West Side around 12:30am last night. When he was finished delivering a pie to a customer, he noticed a door that was unlocked nearby in the same building. Inside, a mother was asleep with her 7-year-old daughter on the couch.

Lucas told authorities, according to court papers, that "he went in because he was feeling horny and that he took advantage of her." The victim told authorities that Lucas entered her apartment and proceeded to rape her while her daughter slept next to her, unaware of what was going on. And, before he left, he stole the woman's iPhone as well.

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Attribution Problems With NY Times Orthodox Sex Abuse Series, Public Editor Says

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New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane
After the New York Times wrote a searing two-part series earlier this month detailing the problem of sexual abuse in Brooklyn's Hasidic and Ultra-Orthdox communities, we noted that some journalists and activists thought the paper should have acknowledged its debt to other journalists.

The Times wouldn't comment on the record on the subject, but Arthur Brisbane, the paper's public editor, told us he was conducting his own investigation into the issue. Yesterday, Brisbane published his conclusions.

Carolyn Ryan, the Times's Metro Editor, told Brisbane "We were never under any illusion that we were the first outlet to report on abuse in the community, nor did we claim to be."

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Does Talmudic Law Require Jews To Report Sex Crimes?

The case of Nechemya Weberman, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of sexually abusing a young woman, has not just spun a secretive community into international spotlight: It's also prompted questions about how Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic communities handle sex offense accusations, since victim and witness intimidation and shaming are common.

Indeed, even Charles Hynes has come under intense scrutiny, after reports came to light indicating the Brooklyn District Attorney's "apparent complicity in an effort by Brooklyn's Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic leaders to cover up sex abuse in their communities."

So you might wonder: Is this seeming cover-up culture part and parcel to Judaism?

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Brooklyn DA Hynes Does Damage Control Over Orthodox Sex Scandal

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Gerald Rich
As pressure mounts, the Brooklyn DA may actually crack down on a culture of retaliation against Ultra-Orthodox Jews who report sex abuse.
A week after a blistering series in the New York Times detailing his apparent complicity in an effort by Brooklyn's Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic leaders to cover up sex abuse in their communities, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is in damage-control mode.

We noted earlier this week that some journalists in the Jewish press felt the Times was remiss in failing to credit the work of reporters who had come before. But even those critics acknowledge that the ability of the Times to command public attention was a tremendous boon to those seeking reform.

It looks like they're right: in the week since the series ran, Hynes has been on the defensive. Sunday, he gave an interview to WCBS, attempting to re-frame his position. "I didn't object to someone going to see a rabbi..but I certainly expected that they would report promptly any allegations of sexual abuse," he said.

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As the Times Looks at Orthodox Sex Abuse, Critics Say It Should Credit Others' Reporting

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Christopher Macsurak
Journalists who have been covering the Orthodox community's sex-abuse problem for years say the New York Times should credit their work.
Last week the New York Times devoted successive front-page stories to the problem of sex abuse in Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic communities and Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes's deference to the religious authorities that often try to cover the problem up.

It's an important issue (one we touched on in our own cover story last fall), and one that deserves the spotlight that the New York Times can provide.

Victims' advocates and journalists who have been tracking the issue for years were thrilled that the Times was finally turning its attention to a scandal that has long been been festering in its back yard. But many were dismayed that the Times series failed to credit the work of other reporters who have been on the beat for years.

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Uh-Oh: You Might Have an STD! The Whole World Might Know, Too

Love is supposed to be everlasting. Unfortunately for many, the only permanent thing to come out of a relationship is an incurable sexually transmitted disease.

And that's why Cyrus Sullivan, of Portland, Ore., claims that he runs STD Carriers Disease Control and Prevention Services, a website that lists claimed and confirmed carriers by their names, locations, descriptions, and sometimes their photos.

The database is completely open to the public -- you don't have to login to browse the listings, and many of the recently added carriers' pics are displayed prominently on the site's front page. Users submit photos freely. There are about 1,500 listings.

From the workmanlike design and sluggish flash slideshow and bizarre comparisons between Pearl Harbor's "hostile Asian men" and STD awareness, you might get the impression that Sullivan, who also runs an online reputation-management business, operates with a tongue-in-cheek M.O.

And you'd be wrong: Sullivan is for real and his work (for better or for worse) is heartfelt, -- and he has updated his site just in time for Valentine's Day.

From the mission statement: "It is our goal that by promoting the sharing of information that we can ultimately protect you health from dangerous diseases while protecting your civil liberties and providing quality entertainment."

Oh boy.

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Paterno Speaks To Washington Post About Sandusky Scandal

Joe Paterno spoke out about the child sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky that cost him his job as head coach of the Penn State University football team in an exclusive interview with the Washington Post. "In hindsight, I wish I had done more," he told the Post.

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Renewed Firestorm Over Orthodox Sex Abuse in Brooklyn

Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes
The relationship between Brooklyn's Orthodox and Hasidic communities and law enforcement has always been a delicate one. Our cover story last summer looked at how hard it is for victims of sexual abuse to get past religious leaders and neighborhood patrols to talk to the police.

At the center of the debate is Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who has been criticized by victims' advocates as being reluctant to prosecute Orthodox and Hasidic sex criminals. Lately Hynes has been trying to reverse that perception, but so far it looks like he's just managed to stir up more criticism.

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