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Melbourne court says Malka Leifer to face trial on 70 charges of child sex abuse

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MELBOURNE, Australia — A former principal must stand trial on 70 charges of child sex abuse at a Jewish ultra-Orthodox school where she worked in Australia, a Melbourne court ordered on Thursday.

Malka Leifer, a dual Israeli-Australian citizen who was extradited to Australia in January, denied dozens of charges, including rape, indecent assault and child sexual abuse.

The crimes allegedly took place between 2004 and 2008, when she was a religious studies teacher and principal at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne.

“Malka Leifer was today committed to stand trial at the County Court,” a court spokeswoman said after the Melbourne magistrate decided there was sufficient evidence to send her to trial, scheduled for October 21.

“She has pleaded not guilty,” the court said.

Leifer originally faced 74 charges, but four of those were dropped on Thursday because they allegedly took place in Israel, Australia’s national broadcaster ABC reported.

Her alleged victims are........

© The Times of Israel

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