Third Alleged Yeshiva U. Abuser Accused of Preying on Boys in Dorms and Apartment

Karate Guru Richard Andron Found Haven in Boca Raton

Shul Crisis: The Boca Raton Synagogue, where Richard Andron was a member for years, sent emails to members seeking to reassure them that the accusations against him focused on his activities at Yeshiva U. high school decades ago.
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Shul Crisis: The Boca Raton Synagogue, where Richard Andron was a member for years, sent emails to members seeking to reassure them that the accusations against him focused on his activities at Yeshiva U. high school decades ago.

By Paul Berger

Published July 12, 2013, issue of July 19, 2013.

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The suit also alleges that Richard Ehrlich and Elan Adler, described as “senior residence hall officials” at Y.U., knew that Andron visited the dormitory and entered boys’ dorm rooms.

Adler, a director of Y.U.’s school dormitory from 1981 to 1986, told the Forward in an email several months ago that he recalled Andron’s name but not his face. Adler said there “was simply no way of restricting access to the high school dormitory.”

He added: “In terms of Ricky, it didn’t seem suspicious for him or anyone to come and visit any of the boys. Sometimes kids had visitors from their home neighborhoods who were on campus who took the boys for dinner or a movie, there were no red flags.”

Adler also said that “any expectation on my part or that of any of the counselors was unrealistic, given that the building had no security, no guard, no access code….. It was unreasonable to expect that we could have monitored who was coming in. There was simply no way to do that.”

Ehrlich did not respond to several requests for a response, July 11.

Andron moved to Florida during the mid 1980s. In 1986, he told the Palm Beach Post that he left New York because his boss at a “major oil company” where he worked would not allow him to leave early on Fridays for the Sabbath. By now, Andron had a wife, Sue.

The Androns were among the earliest families to build up the Boca Raton Synagogue, an Orthodox congregation that today has more than 700 families.

Contact Paul Berger at berger@forward.com or on Twitter @pdberger



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