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Rabbi Convicted Of In-Flight Molesting

Father of 11 groped Israeli Army officer during trip

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Rabbi Bidany

MAY 5--An Israeli rabbi was convicted today of fondling a female passenger on a recent flight from Tel Aviv to New York.

Gavriel Bidany, a 47-year-old father of 11, was found guilty this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Bidany was named last month in a misdemeanor information charging him with molesting the woman on a March 27 Delta Airlines flight bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The verdict was rendered following a two-day bench trial before Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes. Bidany, an Israeli citizen, faces a maximum of six months in prison when he is sentenced by Reyes on May 12. In reading the verdict at 2 PM, Reyes called the victim's testimony "compelling and wholly believable," while dismissing the testimony of Bidany, pictured above, as "not worthy of belief."

As she initially told FBI agents, the molestation victim, a 23-year-old Israeli Army officer, testified yesterday that Bidany twice fondled her on the trans-Atlantic flight. Bidany, seated next to the woman, first placed his hand under a blanket on her lap and groped her genital area. When the woman “jumped back,” Bidany “quickly removed his hand from her groin.”

Minutes later, the woman testified, Bidany again reached under her blanket, and this time groped her breasts. The victim, who commands a missile defense unit, has a “substantial number of soldiers serving under her charge” and is “currently deployed in a front-line role,” according to a court filing.

The woman told the FBI that when she confronted Bidany, he claimed, “It’s a mistake, I’m asleep.” She then reported the incident to Delta flight crew members, who later told FBI agents that the woman was "visibly shaken and frantic."

Testifying yesterday afternoon via a Hebrew translator, Bidany denied ever touching the woman, saying that he would not “do such nonsense and risk my entire life.” (5 pages)

Comments (58)

jeez dude... I dont think she was heading that way with her comment.
he picked the wrong gal, an Israeli officer is not to be messed with. he's lucky she didn't remove a limb, or something. she also has the guts to take it to trial, i'm glad. i wonder if she's single.......... did he.
Like I said two weeks ago - Silly Rabbi rape is for priests
Oy vey!!! He was only dreaming about picking up a blank Kenyan birth certificate from the floor...
This is beyond disturbing. Both the military and men of cloth are supposed to hold themselves to higher than carnal standards. People look up to them, but they always seem to fall short from child molestation to rape there's always some story of someone in power taking advantage..
Key NightCrawler......When the next nomination comes up for Supreme Court Justice and for Prophet, will you be submitting your name? You filthy animal?
Man, that was quick! The incident was just a few weeks ago.