Former Y.U. High School Students File $380M Suit Claiming Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Student Pleas for Help Ignored — 'They Just Wouldn't Listen'

Accused: Yeshiva University High School for Boys, where George Finkelstein (left inset) and Macy Gordon (right inset) are alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with students, is located in Manhattan. Both men deny the charges. These images were taken from the 1970 Elchanite Yearbook.
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Accused: Yeshiva University High School for Boys, where George Finkelstein (left inset) and Macy Gordon (right inset) are alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with students, is located in Manhattan. Both men deny the charges. These images were taken from the 1970 Elchanite Yearbook.

By Paul Berger

Published July 08, 2013.
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The suit claims that Y.U. administrators engaged in a prolonged fraud by portraying two of the principal molesters as trustworthy men of exemplary character, despite multiple warnings that the men sexually abused boys. Both men were honored by Y.U. after they left the school and, until recently, Y.U. awarded scholarships in each of their names.

Mulhearn alleges that Y.U.’s former students had no way of knowing that others had been similarly abused or that Y.U. had failed to heed multiple complaints of the abuse until the revelations were first published in the Forward, in December 2012.

The two men, Rabbi George Finkelstein, a high school administrator who rose to principal, and Rabbi Macy Gordon, a Talmud teacher, “had a propensity to sexually abuse children” yet they were allowed to remain on staff, the suit alleges.

Finkelstein, the suit says, groped students’ genitals while checking to see if they were wearing tzitzit. He also rubbed his erect penis against students under the guise of wrestling bouts at his Manhattan home and in a school office and a dormitory.

Gordon is alleged to have sexually abused one student. He is alleged to have sodomized a second student with a toothbrush. The second assault was reported to a senior Y.U. administrator but Gordon was allowed to remain in his post. Months later, according to the suit, Gordon sexually abused a third student.

Y.U. “has to be held accountable and people have to know everything that happened,” Gordon’s first alleged victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Forward.

Gordon’s second alleged victim, who also wishes to remain anonymous, told the Forward: “This was always about money, that’s why they buried this in the first place.”

Referring to a $250,000 donation that Y.U. accepted in 2002 for the scholarship in Gordon’s name, the former student said: “That’s why even though [Y.U. President Norman Lamm] knew about Macy Gordon, that’s why he took the $250,000.”


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