Monday, May 30, 2005

JWB Police Alert: Help put child molester, currently on the run from police, Rabbi David E. Lipman / Rabbi David Lipman behind bars: see photo & desc.

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At 12:17 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

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Lipman is described as 5-foot-9 with brown hair, hazel eyes. He weighs about 210 pounds.

He was driving a plum-colored 1999 Saturn station wagon with an Arizona license plate 827KAJ.

People with information regarding Lipman can call the PPD at 778-1444 or Det. Peoples at 771-5802.

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http://prescottdailycourier.1upsoftware.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=35862

5/27/2005 5:00:00 AM

Judge issues felony warrant for rabbi
Faces complaint involving 16 counts of molestation, sex abuse

By MIRSADA BURIC-ADAM
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT ­ A judge Thursday issued a felony warrant for the arrest of Rabbi David Lipman after the Yavapai County Attorney's Office filed a complaint with 16 counts of child molestation and sexual abuse against him.

Lipman's wife, however, reported the 55-year-old rabbi missing on Tuesday in the wake of a sexual abuse investigation and his administrative leave from Temple B'rith Shalom in the 2000 block of Brohner Way in Prescott.

Prescott Police Det. Robert Peoples said on Thursday that he received no new information regarding the missing person case.

Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Dennis McGrane said Lipman faces 11 counts of child molestation and five counts of sexual abuse that stem from an investigation involving two teen-age girls, 16 and 14 years of age. Shortly after authorities filed the complaint, Prescott Justice Court Judge Arthur Markham signed a warrant for Lipman's arrest.

Peoples said that all of the charges in the complaint stem from the allegations of inappropriate touching that the older girl reported to authorities because those incidents allegedly occurred in Arizona.

Lipman faces no charges in connection with the allegations that the younger girl made because those alleged incidents took place in another state, said Peoples, who is unaware whether authorities in that state are investigating those allegations.

Peoples said on Monday that his agency received a call on May 13 from a Child Protective Services employee who reported possible sexual abuse of two girls. He said the employee obtained the information from the CPS hotline.

That information prompted a criminal investigation against Lipman, which ap-parently revealed that the alleged abuse had been going on for about six to eight years, he said.

"The abuse started with back massages, then Lipman would move his hands to her buttocks, breasts and (private parts)," a PPD report states. "She recalls the touching being under her clothes rather than over her clothes."

When police went to talk to Lipman at his office at the Temple "he admitted to inappropriate touching," Peoples said previously.

"I confronted him about the allegations and what the girl told me and he told me 'the girls are very honest and they don't lie. If they said that it happened, then it happened.'"

In the wake of the allegations, the congregation decided to place Lipman on administrative leave effective this past Monday and pending further notice from the B'rith Shalom board.

Mark Drutz, a member of the congregation and a lawyer with the Musgrove Drutz & Kack law firm who is representing the Temple regarding Lipman's situation, said on Tuesday that "we became aware that there were certain allegations that would have reflected adversely on his ability to lead the Temple B'rith Shalom. Based upon that we elected to place him on administrative leave."

Drutz said Lipman became the rabbi of the congregation ­ which counts some 300 members ­ in April 2002.

Before the board hired him, it advertised the position and interviewed a number of prospective candidates. Lipman came from Rhode Island, he said.

"I'm unaware of anything that would have reflected adversely on his qualifications," Drutz said. "Generally the community was satisfied with his services."

On Tuesday, Lipman's wife reported him missing after she had not seen nor heard from her husband since May 20. He came to the house on that day and then left without saying where he was going or where he might be staying, a Prescott Police report states.

She also reported no activity on their bank accounts and that he has not checked his e-mail since May 20, the report states.

The wife also reported that she was concerned about Lipman's welfare, since he has shown signs of depression after the allegations and his leave from the synagogue, the report states.

Lipman is described as 5-foot-9 with brown hair, hazel eyes. He weighs about210 pounds.

He was driving a plum-colored 1999 Saturn station wagon with an Arizona license plate 827KAJ.

People with information regarding Lipman can call the PPD at 778-1444 or Det. Peoples at 771-5802.

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5/25/2005 5:00:00 AM
Police looking for rabbi
Temple places him on leave in wake of sex abuse allegations

By MIRSADA BURIC-ADAMThe Daily Courier

PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Police Department is asking the public for help in locating David Eliezer Lipman, the 55-year-old rabbi of Temple B'rith Shalom in Prescott, whose family reported him missing on Tuesday.

Lipman's wife told the police that the last time she saw her husband was on Friday and that it was unusual for him not to have contact with his family for an extended period of time, a Police Department report states.

Lt. Pete Hodap said on Tuesday that Lipman's wife reported no activity on his bank accounts.

Meanwhile, the congregation has placed Lipman on administrative leave.

Mark Drutz, a member of the congregation and a lawyer who is representing the Temple regarding recent allegations against Lipman, said "the rabbi has been placed on administrative leave this past Monday, May 23, pending further notice from B'rith Shalom.

"We were aware of certain allegations," he said. "We became aware that there were certain allegations that would have reflected adversely on his ability to lead the Temple B'rith Shalom. Based upon that we elected to place him on administrative leave."

Two teen-age girls reported to the police that Lipman has been touching them inappropriately, according to a police report.

Det. Robert Peoples said on Monday that his agency received a call on May 13 from a Child Protective Services (CPS) employee who reported possible sexual abuse of two girls. He said the employee obtained the information from the CPS hotline.

That information prompted a criminal investigation against Lipman, which apparently revealed that the alleged abuse had been going on for about six to eight years, he said. Peoples said he interviewed the older girl, who is now 16, in person at the Police Department. "She talked about back massages to help her to fall asleep," Peoples said, adding that eventually Lipman started fondling her breasts and private areas.

When police went to talk to Lipman at his office in the 2000 block of Brohner Way, "he admitted to inappropriate touching," Peoples said.

"I confronted him about the allegations and what the girl told me and he told me 'the girls are very honest and they don't lie. If they said that it happened then it happened.'"

Peoples said that he recorded the interview and Lipman's admission.

The younger girl, who is now 14 years old and lives in another state with her father, confirmed similar allegations against the rabbi, Peoples said.

According to a Prescott Police report, he admitted that he touched one of the victims on the back and buttocks areas.

"He stated that his touching was inappropriate, but started to be inappropriate only when they lived in Vermont about three to four years ago," the report states. "He states that (the older girl) has made more serious allegations, but he doesn't remember doing these acts."

The older girl told Peoples that Lipman allegedly started to touch her inappropriately eight years ago when they lived in New York, the report states. "The abuse continued when they moved to Rhode Island and in Arizona and happened on a daily basis," the report states. "She recalls the touching being under her clothes rather than over her clothes."

The last time she remembers such an incident happening was about two years ago, the report states. She claimed that the alleged abuse stopped when she was old enough to understand what was going on and she told him to stop, the report states. She also claimed that Lipman was touching her younger sister inappropriately.

The younger girl told Peoples that she remembers him rubbing her back and then moving around to her breasts, the report states. She recalls this happening only once and she told him "no" when he would approach her for a back rub, the report states.

She was unable to establish whether the touching was under or over her clothes, the report states.

Peoples said that he forwarded the report to the county attorney for review of sexual abuse charges against Lipman.

Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Dennis McGrane said that his office received the report on Monday and that the charging unit will still have to review it to determine whether to file any charges against Lipman.

Lipman is described as 5-foot-9 with brown hair and hazel eyes. He weighs about 210 pounds. He was driving a plum-colored 1999 Saturn station wagon with the Arizona license plate 827KAJ.

People with information regarding Lipman can call the PPD at 778-1444 or Det. Peoples at 771-5802.

Contact the reporter at

mburicadam@prescottaz.com

 

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