The Associated Press

Rabbi Sentenced To 10 Years Probation On Abuse Charges

BOSTON — A rabbi was sentenced to 10 years of probation Thursday after admitting he sexually abused three students while working in the Boston area as a religious teacher in the 1970s.

Stanley Levitt pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child as his trial was set to begin. Prosecutors had asked for 10 years of probation and 2.5 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 66-year-old Philadelphia man lived in Boston and worked in Brookline when he abused three boys in his care.

A grand jury indicted him in 2009 after two victims said Levitt assaulted them in 1975 while they were his students. A third victim later came forward.

Prosecutors say Levitt assaulted one victim in a Boston hospital room while visiting after the boy hurt his hand.

Prosecutors say another victim was assaulted at Levitt’s home while that boy’s parents were out-of-town.

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  • Lawrence

    Only probation? After potentially destroying 3 children’s lives?

  • DougC

    PROBATION??!!??.  HOLY CRAP!!! Rabbis and priests and all these “holier than thou” professions need a lot more than a hand slap.  If nothing else for the fact that they are so highly trusted with our very souls and then to betray that trust, especially praying on children.  WTF?!?   If that was you or me, it would be the gallows.  There would be nowhere to hide AFTER we got out of jail.  Our lives would  be destroyed, and probably our families’ lives as well.   Is he required to register as a sex offender at least?  Or doe the Cross or Star exempt these “holy” guys.

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