Youth Center Rabbi Arrested in Beverly Hills on Child Sex Charges

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A rabbi who worked at a local youth center was expected to be extradited to New York after being arrested in Beverly Hills on child sexual abuse charges.


Menachem “Mendel” Tevel. (Credit: Jewish Community Watch)

Beverly Hills police, acting on an outstanding warrant that was signed by a judge in Brooklyn, took Menachem “Mendel” Tevel into custody Tuesday afternoon. He faces three counts of child sexual abuse.

Tevel was arrested at the JEM Center, a Jewish community center on Santa Monica Boulevard where he was working. His father-in-law is reportedly the center’s director.

Tevel has been accused by multiple people in the New York Jewish community of sexual abuse, the Jewish Journal reported. The alleged victims range in age from 6 to 14. The allegations reportedly involved inappropriate touching.

No accusations of sex crimes in California have been made against Tevel.

He was being held at the Beverly Hills Police Department on Wednesday. He may be returned to New York later this week, an NYPD sergeant told KTLA, adding that the extradition may be delayed if Tevel decides to fight it.

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