ROCKLAND – The alleged victim in a sexual abuse case involving a Rockland County rabbi took the stand on Thursday.
Laiby Stern, who wants to be identified, told the judge that respected Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld sexually molested him when he went for counseling after Sept. 11. Stern, now 22, claims the abuse carried on for five years.
Taubenfeld has been described as one of the “most powerful men” in one of the most religious communities in America.
Stern’s testimony was extremely graphic at times. He told the court that the rabbi gave him $20 as hush money after each alleged assault.
Stern is expected to take the stand again Friday.
Taubenfeld has pleaded not guilty. He declined to speak with News 12 outside court on Thursday, but his attorney said his client is innocent.
Taubenfeld faces seven years in prison if convicted