Part 5 — Riverdale Sex Abuse
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The summary findings from the investigation on the child sex abuse at SAR Academy found the following regarding Stanley Rosenfeld and “Rabbi” Sheldon Schwartz:
T&M uncovered the following regarding Rosenfeld’s tenure and behavior while at SAR:
Rosenfeld was an administrator at SAR from 1974 to 1977 and he was also employed as a teacher by the school during the 1986–87 school year. The precise circumstances of his departure and rehire remain unknown.
Twelve former SAR students and one non-SAR student reported that Rosenfeld sexually abused them during his time as an SAR Academy faculty member.
According to two victims, Rosenfeld’s misconduct was reported to at least one member of SAR’s administration at the time of these abuses.
The investigation could not conclusively determine whether the administrators involved in the rehiring of Rosenfeld were aware of the nature of the allegations at the time of his rehire.
T&M uncovered the following regarding Rabbi Schwartz’s behavior while at SAR:
According to multiple victims, details of Rosenfeld’s behavior were, at the time, raised directly to Rabbi Schwartz, who not only failed to act on the information appropriately, but was also alleged to have been present at and/or to have brought students to Rosenfeld’s home for Shabbat visits during which abuse took place.
Separately, through the course of this investigative effort, several students came forward alleging Rabbi Schwartz had acted inappropriately with them.
Rabbi Schwartz served as a Judaic studies teacher until he was suspended in January 2018, once allegations concerning his knowledge of Rosenfeld’s behavior were brought to the attention of SAR. His employment has since been terminated. Current members of the SAR administration were not aware of the allegations regarding Rabbi Schwartz until the commencement of the investigation.
T&M’s findings and the fact that Rosenfeld appears to have worked at and abused children at multiple schools and camps in the New York area gives all of us reason to pause and consider whether we are truly doing enough to protect our children.
For those of you who sincerely listened and believed the cries of the many victims, thank you.
For those of you who were complicit and even continued in the denials, I will just say to you that G-d sees all!