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Brooklyn Prosecutor Seeks to Force Religious Leader to Report Abuse

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Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney, is pushing for a state law that will require religious leaders, including ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis, to report all allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement.

Hynes has come under scrutiny as of late, for refusing to release the names of some 85 Orthodox Jews who were arrested for sex crimes. Hynes is now planning to create a panel of investigators and prosecutors, including the heads of his sex crimes and rackets divisions, as well as his chief investigator, the New York Times reports, to combat the issue.

Hynes said it is his hope that the panel will “come up with some alternatives to break down this wall of intimidation” within the Orthodox Jewish community, saying “The level of intimidation is not found nearly as much in organized crime. It is extraordinary just how relentless these people can be.”

New York magazine reported that the new bill will require all religious leaders to report allegations of abuse, however, unlike previous efforts, the new legislation will not require them to report past allegations, prompting more support from various religious communities including the Roman Catholic Church. disclaimer: This article: Brooklyn Prosecutor Seeks to Force Religious Leader to Report Abuse was posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 8:09 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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