Former Cheshire rabbi …


Former Cheshire rabbi agrees to extradition, faces trial over charges of ‘indecent liberties’ with a minor

By Andrew Ragali Record-Journal staff

MERIDEN — Authorities from Virginia will likely take former Cheshire rabbi Eric Silver into custody within the next two weeks. Appearing in Superior Court Friday morning, Silver agreed to face trial in Virginia, where he is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

On Monday, Cheshire police arrested Silver, 72, of 42 Willow Brook Drive, at his home. The charges stem from reported incidents that occurred between January 1968 and June 1970

Silver was represented by Meriden-based attorney Charles Thompson, Jr. in court Friday. He showed no emotion as he faced Superior Court Judge Jack W. Fischer, responding “yes your honor” when Fischer asked if he agreed to waive extradition.

Since his arrest Monday, Silver has been held at the New Haven Correctional Center without bail. Thompson requested that Silver be allowed to remain in the prison’s infirmary due to a recent back operation, and that he be allowed to use hearing aids and a breathing machine.

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