Convicted Pedophile Rabbi Given Probation

Convicted pedophile Stanley Levitt

After pleading guilty to sexually abusing three students, Rabbi Stanley Levitt was sentenced to a mere 10 years probation yesterday. Although the guilty conviction was a victory, the sentence – which was part of a plea agreement reached last year – seems to fall far short of the crime. Levitt, who was convicted of sexually assaulating three sixth-grade boys during 1975 and 1976 while teaching as Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, could have faced up to 40 years in prison. 

Most alarming is the fact that this isn't the first time Levitt has gone to court for sexually abusing young boys in his care. He left Boston in 1980 and was later charged with molesting three more boys in Philadelphia. He was found not guilty in one case and was given another light sentence – just five years probation – in the second case. The third case was withdrawn. 

Levitt's sentence requires that he must register as a sex offender and not have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 17, but that seems a small price for the 66-year-old rabbi to pay, given the damage he has caused. 


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