Sunday, July 08, 2007

Rabbi Alan Horowitz is Back in the United States

CHILD MOLESTING RABBI ALAN HOROWITZ FINALLY BACK IN THE U.S. TO ANSWER TO JUSTICE


United States Marshals Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
July 08, 2007
Deputy U.S. Marshals Gary Mattison (518) 365-969;
U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security (571) 345-2509;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065


Washington, DC -- At approximately 4 a.m. today, convicted child molester Rabbi Alan Horowitz of New York state was brought back to the U.S. to finally answer for his unspeakable crimes against children. Horowitz was flown into Newark New Jersey International Airport and was met by the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies.

Led by the U.S. Marshals and the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the investigative efforts into the whereabouts of Horowitz came to an end when he was arrested on May 22 at a seaside resort in southern India. He had been sitting in a foreign jail cell awaiting deportation until now.

Horowitz, an ordained Orthodox Rabbi and ivy league-educated child psychologist, was convicted of 34 counts of child molestation in Schenectady County, New York. He may have imported illegal materials into the prison where he was serving time – extending his sentence, and previously he had been convicted of “perverted sexual practices” in Maryland. During the
1980s, while living in Israel, police launched an investigation into charges that Horowitz was sexually abusing some of his second wife’s children. He fled back to the United States. Even earlier in his life, he faced a similar investigation while living in North Carolina.

Most recently, he fled New York state parole in 2006, but continued to use internet communications while hiding in India. “To locate him we used a network of tipsters and some of the most extensive electronic surveillance techniques we’ve ever employed,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Gary Mattison (Northern District of New York). Mattison was the case Deputy assigned to work alongside New York authorities.

When it came time for the actual arrest, special agents of the State Department stepped in. “Diplomatic Security’s regional offices in India maintain an excellent working relationship with local law enforcement,” said Greg Starr, Director of State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. “That type of close, worldwide capability gave us an unparalleled ability to help apprehend this fugitive.” Horowitz was on the run from authorities for 11-months in a global manhunt. He was arrested by local police in Mahabalipuram, India. Authorities now are determining the most effective approach for returning him to law enforcement in the U.S. Last year, U.S. Marshals completed almost 500 fugitive extraditions and deportations. The federal charge against Horowitz, “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution,” was based on state parole violation warrants related to his 13-year imprisonment for sexual molestation of minors.

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CALL TO ACTION:

"Defrock" Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz - Convicted Sex Offender

The Awareness Center, Inc. is demanding that the Orthodox Union (OU), the Rabbinic Council of America (RCA) and Agudath Israel of America make a public statements denouncing the actions and behavior of Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz. By not doing so is condoning this serial child molesters criminal behavior.

The Awareness Center, Inc. is also demanding that rabbis around the world find a way to remove Alan Horowitz's rabbinical ordination and that of other known sexual predators (who are ordained rabbis).

After Rabbi Alan Horwitz's 1983 conviction for child molestation he was placed on probation. Arrangements were made for him to live on the Ohr Somayach campus in Monsey, NY. Ohr Somayach is a Yeshiva serving young male students. Horowitz was treated by Dr. Joseph F. Chambers MD (Maryland) and Dr. Yitzhak Twersky (Monsey, NY).

In the past both the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America), Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America have stated that there is nothing they could do regarding Rabbi Horowitz since was he not a member of their organization.

Rabbi Horowitz is a convicted sex offender. Be aware that it takes a village to raise a sex offender and to enable them to continue molesting children or raping adults. Rabbi Horowitz is everyone's responsibility, including all rabbinical organizations, rabbis and Jewish communities.

It is time for all of us to stop passing the buck. Do the right thing, publicly denounce this man and remove his rabbinic ordination!

Contact Information:

Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)

Rabbi Marc Dratch - Chairman of the RCA's Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties

Phone: 203-858-9691

info@jsafe.org

Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President

Phone: 212-807-7888 x 5

bherring@rabbis.org

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Orthodox Union

Rabbi Hershy (Tzvi) Weinreb

execthw@ou.org

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Agudath Israel of America

Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President

Rabbi Avi Shafran,

(212) 797-9000

shafran@agudathisrael.org

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They didn't defrock Sobol, in fact they protected him, so why would they defrock this guy?

July 09, 2007 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should defrock Sobol, Horowitz, both Tendler's, Eisgrau and the rest of them.

By not doing so is a bad reflection on our religion and most of all on our rabbis!

July 09, 2007 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a family member of the first victims of Horwitz. I feel that he has been given above and beyond treatment by and that he should have never been allowed to be even concerened for any work as a rabbi for what he has done to my brother!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 13, 2007 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Vicki Polin said...

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by Rabbi Alan Horowitz please contact The Awareness Center at: 443-857-5560.

July 13, 2007 7:44 AM  

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