Friday, October 18, 2013
A rabbi has been accused of sexually abusing a student at a religious school on Long Island
Gary Lieberman, 56, of Far Rockaway has pleaded not guilty on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in First District Court in Hempstead. He was freed on $100,000 bond and ordered to stay away from his accuser. Lieberman repeatedly abused the student between November 2009 and May 2010 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County in West Hempstead, where he was a teacher, police said. The student was 10 years old when the abuse began, investigators said. Lieberman molested the student in a learning resource room and a school bathroom. “Lieberman told the victim that if he tells anyone about this they would not believe him because he’s a rabbi,” Det. Lt. Kenneth Lack said. Lieberman was terminated from his job at the Hebrew Academy in August 2010, but police say that he may have continued teaching at other private religious schools. He was let go for inappropriate touching that didn’t rise to the level of a crime. Parents said that they were told he was massaging students’ necks. Lieberman faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of each charge and the sentences run consecutively.