New Haven rabbi charged for sexual assaults

- FILE - Rabbi Daniel Greer in 2016. (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A prominent New Haven rabbi is facing charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a former high school student.

New Haven Police were contacted in Aug. 2016 by the attorney of a man regarding alleged sexual assaults that ranged from the early to mid 2000s. The victim stated that Rabbi Daniel Greer, who was the dean of the Yeshiva of New Haven/the Gan School, sexually assaulted the man while he attended the school.

A warrant was signed by Judge Patrick J Clifford on Tuesday, leading to the rabbi’s arrest.

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The victim now 29 had filed an eleven page lawsuit against Rabbi Greer and the New Haven school last May claiming the abuse started in the Fall 2002 and continued through his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Antonio Ponvert is the victim’s attorney. He told News8 over the phone how his client is doing today.

“He is both relieved and gratified,” said Ponvert. “Relieved again that he’s believed when he came forward.”

No one answered at the Rabbi’s New Haven home. One neighbor would not comment on the charges.

“He’s been a neighbor for over thirty years and I have nothing untoward to say,” said Susan Lamar. When News8 tried clarify that she thought he was a good neighbor she answered, “You added the good right? So I’m just going to stick with that he’s been a neighbor.”

Police encourage other victims of abuse to come forward understanding it may be a personal and difficult thing to do.

“If somebody is going to do this they’re likely going to do this to more than one person,” said David Hartman, the spokesperson for New Haven Police. “Very often this is an issue of power than sex in the simpler sense. That power is a driving force.. behind these criminal acts.”

Greer was charged with sexual assault in the second degree and risk of injury to a minor. He turned himself in to police headquarters Wednesday morning. Rabbi Greer’s bond was court-set at $100,000.

“It will not surprise me at all if others come forward especially now that the arrest has been made and it’s clear that both the civil and the criminal justice systems are working,” said Ponvert.

The attorney says his client will fully cooperate with the state’s attorney and testify against Rabbi Greer if this case does go to trial. In the civil case his client was awarded a $22 million settlement against the school and the rabbi.