Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue’s preschool

190701105612-washington-hebrew-congregation-kaufmann-sanctuary-exlarge-169Source: CNN

By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor

(CNN) – Officials have substantiated multiple accusations of child sexual abuse by a preschool teacher at a prominent synagogue in Washington, DC, according to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the DC superintendent of education to the synagogue in June.

The letter says the district’s Child and Family Services Agency found that “more than one child was a victim of sexual abuse by the alleged maltreator” at Washington Hebrew Congregation’s preschool.

CNN obtained a copy of the letter through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Founded in 1852, Washington Hebrew Congregation, is one of DC’s oldest and most prominent Jewish institutions, attended by the city’s Jewish elites for generations.
But the congregation and its early childhood education center have been thrown into turmoil since allegations of child sexual abuse arose last August. The cease-and-desist letter is believed to be the first public finding of an investigation into the alleged abuse at the school by DC authorities.
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