London Rabbi Cleared of Sex Abuse Charges
Police drop investigation into allegations against Chaim Halpern
London police have dropped their months-long investigation into allegations against prominent Orthodox rabbi Chaim Halpern, who was arrested in February on sex abuse charges, JTA reports.
The Metropolitan Police said Friday that a file passed to the Crown Prosecution Service “regarding allegations of sexual assault has resulted in no charges being brought against a 54-year-old man,” The Jewish Chronicle of London reported on its website.
The report said that officers from the London borough of Barnet’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, who investigated the allegations, “confirm that all allegations have been fully investigated.”
The allegations against Halpern, particularly complaints about his marriage counseling sessions, have caused a major fracture within London’s Jewish community. News that the investigation has ended and the charges cleared is likely being met with a mix of reactions across the pond. For more, check out the Jewish Chronicle’s ongoing coverage of the story.
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