Thursday, July 21, 2005

Rabbi David Lipman, of kiruv website jewishgates.org and son of former president of CCAR, indicted for child sexual molestation

3 Comments:

At 4:18 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

see also:
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Lipman_David.html


http://jewishaz.com/issues/story.mv?050722+rabbi
Prescott rabbi turns himself in
DEBORAH SUSSMAN SUSSER
Associate Editor
July 22, 2005/Tamuz 15 5765, Volume 57, No. 47

A Prescott rabbi who disappeared in the middle of a sex-abuse investigation, prompting police to issue a warrant for his arrest May 26, surrendered to local authorities on June 30, according to the Prescott Police Department.

Prescott Police Lt. Pete Hodap told Jewish News that David Lipman, 55, former rabbi for Prescott's Temple B'rith Shalom, retained legal counsel and turned himself in at the Yavapai County Jail.

"He was processed at the jail - fingerprints, photographs, and within an hour he was in front of a judge and bonded out," Hodap said.

The investigation was set in motion when Child Protective Services called the PPD May 13 and alleged that Lipman had molested two teenage girls.

Confronted by detectives, Lipman admitted to "inappropriate touching," police said. He was placed on administrative leave May 20 by Temple B'rith Shalom, where he had served as rabbi for three years, and terminated May 27, according to a temple spokesman. His wife reported him missing May 24.

Hodap said that although he could not confirm it, his assumption was that Lipman had pleaded not guilty, "because no sentencing has been set."

"Very seldom do they walk in on an initial appearance and plead guilty," Hodap said, "especially on a case like this. There are all kinds of negotiations."

According to Hodap, the case went to a grand jury "within a week" from the time Lipman turned himself in and an indictment was handed down.

"Next step will be trial or a plea," Hodap explained, "depending on what the county attorney's office and his (Lipman's) attorney decide. That can be as quick as a month and last as long as a couple of years."

Calls to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office and to Lipman's attorney, Billy Hicks, were not returned in time for inclusion in this story.

In the wake of the allegations, the congregation, which comprises approximately 160 families, has carried on, with help from guest rabbis such as Phoenix's Bonnie Koppell and Robert Kravitz, and institutions such as the Union for Reform Judaism.

"I think we're at a point where people are looking forward, they're looking toward the future," temple president Richard Sharp said.

"We've tried to emphasize the fact that lots of congregations go through tough times and come out stronger and better for it."

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

CASE DETAIL

Case Number: P-1300-CR-20050790 Case Category: Criminal Case Title: ST V LIPMAN
Court: Yavapai County Superior Judge: WILLIAM T. KIGER Filing Date: 07/06/2005 Disposition Date:

Party Name: DAVID E LIPMAN
Party Type: D 1 - DEFNDT/RESPNDT Date of Birth: 01/18/1950
Citation: CNONE

Count 1: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 2: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 3: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 4: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 5: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 6: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 7: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 8: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 9: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 10: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 11: MOLESTATION OF CHILD Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 12: SEXUAL ABUSE Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 13: SEXUAL ABUSE Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 14: SEXUAL ABUSE Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 15: SEXUAL ABUSE Disposition Date: Disposition:
Count 16: SEXUAL ABUSE Disposition Date: Disposition:

Party Name: STATE OF ARIZONA Party Type: P 1 - PLNTIF/PETITNER Date of Birth:


Event Date Event Description Party
7/19/2005 ORDER ASSIGNING MATTER TO D 1
7/14/2005 ORDER ASSIGN TO PRESIDING JDGE D 1
7/14/2005 ORDER VACATING D 1
7/14/2005 NOTICE OF APPEARANCE D 1
7/13/2005 SUPPLEMENTAL DISC BY STATE P 1
7/12/2005 NOTICE OF CHANGE OF JUDGE P 1
7/7/2005 RULE 12.10 NOTICE/5/8 NOTICE D 1
7/7/2005 ORDER SETTING CASE MGMT CONF D 1
7/7/2005 TRANSMITTAL CERTIFICATE FROM D 1
7/7/2005 ORDER ASSIGNING MATTER TO D 1
7/7/2005 EARLY DISPOSITION HEARING D 1
7/6/2005 NOT SUPERVENING INDICTMENT D 1
7/6/2005 INDICTMENT D 1
7/6/2005 GRAND JURY RETURN HEARING D 1
7/6/2005 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT P 1

COURT CONTACT INFORMATION
Court Name: Yavapai County Superior
Street Address: County Courthouse, 120 S Corte, Prescott, AZ 86301

Mailing Address: Clerk of the Superior Court County Courthouse,
120 S Corte, Prescott, AZ 85002-5650

Telephone: (928)771-3312

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Update:
Event Date Event Description Party
8/24/2005 APPEARANCE BOND POSTED (CASH) D 1
8/23/2005 STATUS CONFERENCE D 1
8/23/2005 ORDER SETTING TRIAL D 1
8/17/2005 ORDER DENYING D 1
8/16/2005 MOTION TO CONTINUE D 1
8/8/2005 CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE D 1
8/2/2005 TRNSCRPT OF GRND JRY PRCDNGS D 1
7/21/2005 ORDER SETTING CASE MGMT CONF D 1


http://prescottdailycourier.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=36955&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1

Prosecutors seek prison term for Rabbi
By Mirsada Buric-Adam
The Daily Courier
24-Aug-05

PRESCOTT – The state of Arizona is seeking a mandatory prison term for Rabbi David Lipman, although the victim and the victim’s mother do not want him to go to prison.

Unable to agree on the terms of a plea agreement, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge William Kiger set a trial date on Tuesday for the former rabbi of Temple B’rith Shalom in Prescott.

The six- to seven-day trial will commence on Feb. 8, 2006.

A grand jury indicted Lipman on 16 counts of child molestation and sexual abuse. These charges stem from an investigation that involved two girls, age 16 and 14.

Prosecutor Bill Hughes said after the hearing, which Kiger conducted in his chambers, that the mother had said previously that her daughter, who is now 17 and is attending an out-of-state college, didn’t wish to testify against the rabbi.

“We can subpoena her if we need to,” Hughes said, adding that it looks unlikely that the state and the defense will find a resolution.

Lipman’s attorney, Billy Hicks, said, “I truly do not know if we will be able to resolve it short of trial.”

“The mother and the daughter do not want him to go to prison,” he added.

The defense is seeking a probation-eligible plea at this point, Hicks said.

Lipman, 55, turned himself in to the authorities in early July, five weeks after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

The same day, he posted a $200,000 bond to get out of jail.

PPD Det. Robert Peoples said previously that all the charges in the complaint that the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office filed stem from the allegations of inappropriate touching that the older girl reported to authorities. Those incidents allegedly happened in Arizona.

The PPD received a call from a Child Protective Services employee on May 13 who reported the possible sexual abuse of the two girls, Peoples said.

That information prompted a criminal investigation against Lipman, which apparently revealed that the alleged abuse was ongoing for about six to eight years, he said.

When police went to talk to Lipman at his office at the Temple in Prescott, “he admitted to inappropriate touching,” Peoples said.

However, police didn’t arrest him at that time. In the midst of the investigation and prior to the County Attorney’s Office filing a complaint with 16 felony counts, Lipman’s wife reported him missing in late May.

Hicks said previously that he didn’t know where his client was prior to his arrest.

In the wake of allegations, the congregation terminated Lipman’s employment on May 27 after it briefly placed him on administrative leave.

Contact the reporter at

mburicadam@prescottaz.com

 

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