A LAWYER representing a prominent Connecticut rabbi convicted of repeatedly abusing a teenage boy over a two-year period asked the a judge to take into account the ‘good works’ he had done.
David Grudberg, representing rabbi Daniel Greer, above, founder of the Yeshiva of New Haven, said that, following his arrest and conviction on four counts of abusing yeshiva student Eliyahu Mirlis, the rabbi had lost his religious school.
Daniel Greer has already been punished. He was the de facto mayor of Edgewood. But he now finds himself a pariah in the community. He has suffered public scorn. His name has been splashed across the newspaper in negative ways.
This cut no ice with Superior Court Judge Jon Alander who, on Monday, sentenced the 79-year-old rabbi to spend 20 years in state prison — to be suspended after he serves 12 years behind bars. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and serve 10 years of probation.
Greer – who has publicly crusaded against gay rights, prostitution, and coed university dorms – was convicted in September. He denied the accusations by Mirlis, who claimed that Greer repeatedly raped and molested him at the Jewish boarding school he attended in 2002 and 2003, as well as at Greer’s New Haven home, at Edgewood Park and a motel in Branford. HeSaid Mirlis in a statement read in court by a prosecutor:
Daniel Greer is a monster. Daniel Greer has never apologised for all he did to me. Daniel Greer has no remorse. Daniel Greer should be incarcerated immediately to stop him from committing future crimes.
Mirlis, who was between 15 and 17 at the time of the abuse, won a civil lawsuit in 2017 requiring Greer to pay him $21.7 million, but that money has thus far gone uncollected.
Judge Alander excoriated Greer for his actions prior to sentencing, saying evidence at trial showed that Greer “repeatedly sexually abused” Mirlis over several months — a “monumental betrayal” and a “colossal violation of trust.”
He committed the worst possible crime in the worst possible way.
Greer declined to speak in court, saying his attorneys had recommended that he “remain silent” due to his ongoing appeal.