Brooklyn rabbi, sons charged with sexual abuse

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn rabbi and former Yeshiva school principal and three of his sons, including one aged 15, were accused of sexually molesting the family’s daughters over a period of several years, including one girl as young as eight, police said on Friday.

Gershon Kranczer, 58, fled to Israel with a 21-year-old son earlier this week and was being sought there. New York City police said they are working with Israeli officials on the case.

Authorities said that four sisters, ages 20, 19, 17 and eight, were all sexually abused numerous times over several years variously by their three brothers or father.

The case came to light when one of the victims, the 20-year-old, told a Yeshiva co-worker about the abuse which allegedly went on for many years. The co-worker then went to police.

Kranczer’s 24-year-old son, Yechezkel Kranczer, and his 15-year-old brother have both been arrested and were being held pending multiple charges of sexual abuse or molestation, police said on Friday.

The teen-ager’s name was not released because he is a minor.

Kranczer was founder and until recently principal of the Yeshiva Tehila L’Dovid in Brooklyn but has resigned.

The family had 14 children and the minors were removed from the home by officials from child protective services, according to local media. But police could not immediately confirm that.

Editing by Peter Bohan