Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rav Chaim Halperin reportedly arrested for sexual assault

BHOL    It has been reported that Rav Chaim Halpern was arrested this morning after his house was searched by police - along with his brother Rav Dovid Halpern and two others who were suspected of interfering with the investigation by paying for the silence of witnesses against Rav Chaim Halpern.

Times of Israel   A man believed to be Chaim Halpern, a London rabbi, was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with investigations into sexual assault and perverting the course of justice.

The London Metropolitan Police will not name him, but the man appears to be Halpern, a former religious judge for the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, who has been at the center of a sexual abuse scandal that has roiled London’s Haredi community since October.

Three more men were also arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in the case. They are all in custody at a north London police station and may be held for up to 48 hours without charge.

One is believed to be a brother of Halpern.

According to the London Metropolitan Police, all the arrests were made at addresses in the borough of Barnet, which includes the Orthodox suburb of Golders Green, where Halpern is a resident. The main suspect is 54; the others are 64, 62 and 25.


  1. He was taken in for questioning on bribery, these articles are very misleading.

  2. When there is smoke there is fire. Its a lot more then bribery my friend. Dont lie to yourself

    1. There was no fire. He wasn't charged.

  3. This is the biggest Jewish newspaper in UK, Jewish Chronicle

    Perverting the course of justice is often a bigger crime than the one under investigation, ie any attempt to hide evidence or nobble witnesses.

  4. Time will tell. But it is a good guess that the witness tampering and bribery was directed at someone who was considering going forward as a witness to sexual abuse, given all the allegations and the findings of the Beit Din led by Dayan Ehrentreu. I am guessing that the arrest on these charges depended on this potential witness. If she was willing to talk to the police about the witness intimidation she was probably also willing to talk about her being abused. Now the other three arrested may only be charged with witness tampering, bribery, etc.

  5. Released without charges after 48 hours of investigation by the British Scotland Yard.
    Basically that means that it's a very very weak case.
    Although the investigation is not closed yet.


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