Orthodox Rabbi Convicted of Molesting 16-Year-Old Boy

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An orthodox rabbi was convicted by a Brooklyn jury Monday for abusing on several occasions a 16-year-old Yeshiva student.

Baruch Lebovits, 59, has been found guilty of eight counts of sexual abuse. The jury -- made up of 10 women and two men -- deliberated less than half a day before making their decision. Lebovits was acquitted of two counts against him.

The teenager alleges Lebovits lured him into his car by offering to let him drive, then proceeded to unzip his fly and perform oral sex on him. The incident occurred on eight separate occasions in 2004 and 2005, according to Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes

The Yeshiva student said he knew Lebovits as a rabbi and prominent business man in the Borough Park community, where they both lived.

Lebovits, who is slated to be sentenced March 29, faces up to a 32-year prison term.

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