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Three Sisters Among Dozens Sexually Abused by Orthodox Headmistress: Cops

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Three sisters are among dozens of former students who say they were sexually abused by Malka Leifer, their former principal at the ultra Orthodox Adass Israel school for girls in the mid-2000s. On Thursday, Leifer was ordered to stand trial on 70 counts of child sex abuse after a Melbourne court heard testimony from the sisters, a former colleague and an ex-husband of one of the victims.

Leifer fled to Israel to try and avoid the justice system when allegations against her emerged more than a decade ago. The charges against her include 11 counts of rape, 43 of indecent assault, 13 of committing an indecent act with a child and three of sexual penetration. Most of the alleged crimes were committed on school grounds and at girls’ camps affiliated with the school, according to court records. One charge is described as compelling a victim “without her consent” to sexually penetrate Leifer with an object. Another charge involves Leifer allegedly sexually penetrating the child “while being aware that she was not consenting or might not be consenting.”

Magistrate Johanna Metcalf told the court there was ample evidence to bring the case forward.“Having carefully considered the entirety of the evidence… in my opinion the evidence is of sufficient weight to support a........

© The Daily Beast

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