Queens teacher removed from yeshiva post amid child molestation accusations
By Reuven Blau And Christina Carrega
New York Daily News
February 24, 2018
|Stanley Kleinman, a Jewish studies teacher at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway, Queens, has been removed from his post after accusations that he sexually assaulted a little girl. |
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A veteran yeshiva teacher was removed from his position as prosecutors continue to investigate accusations that he sexually assaulted a little girl for over a year, the Daily News has learned.
Stanley Kleinman was arrested in December for molesting a then 11-year-old's breast and vagina with his hands and inserted his finger inside her body on more than two occasions, according to the criminal complaint.
Kleinman, 62, is a fifth grade Jewish studies teacher at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway and is better known as Rabbi Yisroel Kleinman.
"He's an excellent teacher," said Yakov Bender, dean of Darchei Torah, where Kleinman is employed for 30 years.
"He's very well liked," he added, noting the school has never received a sexual harassment or abuse complaint against him.Still, the yeshiva removed him from his fifth grade classroom and placed him on paid leave after the arrest.
"He's a wonderful, wonderful person," Bender said. "But until this is cleared up I can't have him in the classroom. Not because I believe this is true but because I have to be cautious."
A source familiar with the case said the girl told her therapist about the abuse and then reported the allegations to the police.
The abuse happened between September 2016 and September 2017, according to the criminal complaint.
Parents of children in his class have been notified, he added.
"He's going to be cleared" he said. "I really believe that."
Kleinman posted $10,000 bond after his arraignment and is expected back in court in August as prosecutors continue to investigate.
A grand jury has not indictment Kleinman on the charges that if convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison for the top charge of course of sexual conduct.
Kleinman's brother, Elly Kleinman, is the CEO of Americare, a massive Brooklyn healthcare company. The firm has been repeatedly accused of bogus billing.