Boca Raton Shul, Rocked by Y.U. Scandal, Plans New Approach to Accused Abusers

Longtime Member Richard Andron Named in Lawsuit

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By Paul Berger

Published July 24, 2013.
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Goldberg added that the committee would be “comprised of a cross section of our membership who will consult closely with mental health professionals, legal counsel and experts.”

The lawsuit alleges that Andron was “allowed to roam the halls” of Y.U.’s high school dormitory during the late 1970s and early ’80s even though he had nothing to do with the school. It cites three men — a Y.U. college student and two Y.U. high school students — who say Andron invited them to stay at his apartment, where he attempted to touch or did touch their genitals.

The Forward has identified a further seven men who say they were abused by Andron in New York or New Jersey during the same period.

One day after the lawsuit was filed, the Boca Raton Synagogue released a statement saying that “the accused person had withdrawn his membership at BRS and agreed not to come to the BRS campus, or attend any BRS event in the future, whether on or off campus.”

The statement added: “Be advised that there have been no allegations we are aware of that any improper conduct occurred within the past 30 years, or in our community.”

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


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