Sexual assault arrest in Sydney

November 5, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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A 49-yr-old man has appeared in Waverley Local Court charged with the indecent assault of two male children in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in the 1980s.

Daniel Hayman was granted conditional bail with the matter being adjourned until November 20.

Rabbi Pinchus Feldman is the spiritual leader of the Sydney yeshiva Centre in Bondi which the two alleged victims attended. He has repeated his claims that he has no recollection of Hayman confessing his crimes in light of media claims that he did.

A report issued before Hayman’s court appearance by NSW police stated: “Strike force detectives have arrested and charged a man over the alleged historical indecent assaults of two children in Sydney’s east.

Strike Force Bungo was formed by detectives from Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command in 2012 to investigate allegations of indecent assaults in the 1980s.

It’s alleged two boys, then aged 14 and 16, were indecently assaulted by a man between 1985 and 1986.

Following inquiries, a 49-year-old man was arrested in Queens Park about 11.30am yesterday (Monday 4 November 2013).

The man, who was a volunteer supervisor at camps for Jewish children at the time of the incidents, was taken to Waverley Police Station where he was charged with two counts of gross indecency by male with male under 18 years.

He’s been bail refused to appear at Waverley Local Court today (Tuesday 5 November 2013).

Advocacy group Tzedek has issued the following statement:  “We look forward to seeing justice for the courageous victims in the Hayman case. We also expect that an investigation will be carried out in relation to what the Sydney Yeshiva leadership was aware of, and their response. We expect that everyone will be held to full account for their actions or inactions.”

Daniel Hayman

Daniel Hayman

Hayman has been living on Los Angeles and returned to Sydney to attend his mother’s funeral.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Sydney Yeshiva in 1985 and 1986.

J-Wire has received the following statement from the Sydney Yeshiva Centre:

“Mr Daniel Hayman was arrested yesterday on charges of child sexual abuse allegations from more than 25 years ago.

Mr Hayman attended Yeshiva Synagogue to pray or for classes but was never an employee or teacher at the Yeshiva Centre. Any volunteer work that he offered Yeshiva did not include responsibility for children.

We would like to assure the community that Mr Hayman currently has no association with Yeshiva and has been disassociated  from the Sydney Yeshiva Centre for more than a decade. He was instrumental in establishing the Tzemach Tzedek Synagogue which broke away from Yeshiva over ten years ago.

There have been media reports that Mr Hayman claims to have privately confessed child sex abuse crimes to Rabbi Pinchus Feldman 25 years ago.Rabbi Feldman does not have any recollection of such a confession. 
 
Rabbi Feldman wishes to reiterate the following which he has publicly said on numerous occasions:
 
“To make my position absolutely clear, I endorse the unequivocal Rabbinical rulings encouraging any victims of abuse to report to the police and I will continue to support the efforts of law enforcement agencies in investigating and taking action to protect our community.”

Yeshiva unequivocally condemns any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse.

As part of a commitment to the highest standards of care for our pupils, our school Yeshiva College has comprehensive child protection policies in place. Those policies and procedures are constantly being reviewed and updated to ensure maximum safety and protection for our students.

As has been widely reported, in 2003 a case of child sexual abuse was promptly reported to the authorities by Yeshiva, and that has always been and continues to be the policy at Yeshiva.
 
We welcome investigations by the Police to uncover and prosecute against such crimes and are confident in the outstanding competence and professionalism of the Australian authorities to ensure the protection and welfare of citizens in our society.

Inquiries by Strike Force Bungo are continuing and anyone with information is urged to come forward.”

 

 

 

Comments

7 Responses to “Sexual assault arrest in Sydney”
  1. Steven says:

    Not the first think Pinchas Feldman has forgotten ;).

    Nice to see him taking a different stance then his son Yosef Feldman.

    Tzedek Tzedek Tirdoif

  2. John says:

    November 15 court date in Melbourne for aaron ezriel Kestecher.
    media will make public then
    too many cases like this

  3. David says:

    It is very nice of Yeshiva to distance themselves from this matter but what relevance is there to Tzemach Tzedek? This occurred 25 years ago.

  4. Steven says:

    Conditional Bail?

    SMH – “He has been refused bail and detectives want people with further information about the alleged 1980s offences to come forward.”

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