Residents: Man accused of sexual abuse may not be rabbi

A 58-year-old Rockland County rabbi accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy may not even be a real rabbi, members of the Monsey community say.

Police say Moishe Turner, of Monsey, sexually molested a 14-year-old boy on at least seven occasions in various locations throughout Ramapo and Spring Valley. He was arrested by Ramapo police detectives last week.

Turner refers to himself as a rabbi, but the community is divided over whether he can legitimately make that claim. Yossi Gestetner, a journalist who owns a public relations firm that services the Hassidic community, says the charges are a reminder for parents to always keep tabs on their children.

Turner has been charged with seven counts of committing a criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child. He posted his $75,000 bail last week.

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