British Jewish teacher found guilty of sexually assaulting students


(JTA) — A former teacher at several Jewish schools in England was found guilty on sexual assault charges.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, of Salford, faces a “substantial prison sentence,” Manchester Crown Court Judge Timothy Holroyde said in court on Tuesday, according to reports.

His two victims, both girls, were 14 and 15 at the time of the assaults in the 1990s.

Following a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for 10 hours before finding Grynhaus guilty on five counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault. The vote was 10-2 for conviction. Grynhaus has denied the charges.

An earlier trial ended in March with a hung jury.

Grynhaus, who is haredi Orthodox, had fled to Israel in 2013 after being accused of sexual assault. His flight with a false passport breached his bail conditions. Grynhaus applied for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return in a bid to evade extradition. He was arrested in Jerusalem and deported in 2014.

“The nature of the offenses involved a high degree of manipulative behavior coupled with a refusal to acknowledge any wrongdoing whatsoever,” Holroyde said, according to reports. “A substantial prison sentence is inevitable.”

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