Baruch Lebovits

Chasidic Abuse Whistleblower Suing Dershowitz Brothers

Sam Kellner accuses them of telling press he tried to extort bribes — the same day the DA exonerated him.

03/10/2015
Special Correspondent

Four years after his life was turned upside down by charges he committed extortion and bribery, chasidic sex abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner is fighting back against those he thinks wronged him in the press. Late last year he sued The Jewish Daily Forward for defamation. And last week he filed papers initiating a defamation action against Alan and Nathan Dershowitz, the high-profile lawyers who represented, Baruch Lebovits, who Kellner alleges sexually abused his son.

Alan Dershowitz. Getty Images

Sam Kellner’s defamation suit calls paper a ‘Pravda for pedophiles.’

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was 'low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
Staff Writer

Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for extortion, but whose case was dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Sam Kellner and his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui.

Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward For Defamation

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
Staff Writer

Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for bribery and extortion, but whose case dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Questions Over Child Molester’s Early Release

Baruch Lebovits is sprung after just three months. Was sentencing law misapplied?

10/06/2014
Contributing Editor

A judge’s apparent misunderstanding of correction law caused a notorious chasidic child molester to get out of jail at least eight months earlier than the judge intended when he sentenced him — despite being informed of the mistake, The Jewish Week has learned.

Baruch Lebovits. Jesse Ward/NY Daily News

Lebovits Gets 2 Years; Victim Addresses His Abuser

07/09/2014
Special Correspondent

Baruch Lebovits was led out of Brooklyn Supreme Court in handcuffs Wednesday morning after being sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to felony sex offenses with a minor. With time served and time off for good behavior, Lebovits is expected to serve only a few months in jail.

Kellner’s Lawyer Seeking Tougher Sentence For Molester

Urges judge to consider new witness intimidation allegations by Baruch Lebovits’ associates.

07/08/2014
Special Correspondent

On the eve of convicted child molester Baruch Lebovits’ sentencing, a lawyer for Sam Kellner is asking both the judge and probation officer to consider Lebovits’ other alleged victims as well as alleged witness intimidation, tampering and perjury committed by Lebovits’ associates in connection with both his and Kellner’s prosecutions.

Sam Kellner, seated at left, with his attorneys, Niall MacGiollabhui, center, and Michael Dowd.  Hella Winston

Lebovits Sentence: ‘A Mockery Of Justice’

Plea deal with convicted-child abuser Baruch Lebovits sends message that corruption still goes unpunished on Jay Street.

05/20/2014
Special Correspondent

In the wake of several recent sentences in cases involving the fervently Orthodox community, sex abuse survivors and activists are expressing concerns about the Brooklyn district attorney’s commitment to understanding and seeking substantive justice in that community.

Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson has come under scrutiny from sex abuse survivors and activists for a series of recent sentences.

DA-Elect Thompson Urges Hynes To Adjourn Lebovits Case

Asks that ‘no procedural steps to be taken’ in case of alleged abuser.

11/19/2013
Special Correspondent

Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson is asking outgoing District Attorney Charles Hynes to seek an adjournment in a high-profile sex abuse case until Thompson takes office in January, The Jewish Week has learned from a source close to Thompson’s transition team.

Ken Thompson, left, wants an opportunity to review controversial case of Baruch Lebovits. Via Kenthompson4da.com

Thompson: Adjourn Lebovits Case

DA-elect asks outgoing Hynes that ‘no procedural steps be taken’ in case of alleged abuser.

11/15/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent

Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson is asking outgoing District Attorney Charles Hynes to seek an adjournment in a high-profile sex abuse case until Thompson takes office in January, The Jewish Week has learned from a source close to Thompson’s transition team.

Ken Thompson

New Lebovits Revelation As Retrial Nears

Exchange with alleged abuse victim, caught on tape, seen as damaging to his defense.

11/05/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent

A “notorious” alleged chasidic sex abuser who was sentenced to up to 32 years in jail but got that verdict overturned because of a prosecution violation all but admitted on tape to sexually abusing the young man who testified against him, The Jewish Week has learned.

Baruch Lebovitz appears to incriminate himself on an NYPD tape from 2008. Jesse Ward/New York Daily News
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