MONTICELLO – The rabbinical student charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in 2011 showed no signs of sexual interest in children, a defense psychiatrist testified Friday.
Dr. Richard Krueger said this on the stand during one of two pre-trial hearings for Haim Boukris in Sullivan County Court on Friday. Boukris, 29, also testified during a second hearing about his relationship with the boy he is accused of assaulting.
Krueger – whose expertise is in evaluating people with sexual disorders said his conclusion was derived from four psychiatric evaluations he performed on Boukris on Monday.
Boukris, 29, was arrested in April on an indictment charging him with predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies.
Boukris – who had nine of his supporters in the court with him Friday – is studying to become an ordained rabbi at a Sullivan County yeshiva.
In the evaluations, Krueger testified he had asked Boukris several questions regarding the victim’s accusations – all of which Boukris denied – and if he had any sexual fantasies involving young boys.
The results indicated that Boukris didn’t show signs of having such sexual fantasies, according to Krueger. He also said there was little chance he would commit a sexual offense on a boy.
“Overall, he had good insight, good judgment and good impulse control,” Krueger said.
But Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Eamonn Neary wasn’t able to question Krueger who was called by Boukris’ attorney, Kenneth Gribetz of Gribetz & Loewenberg in New City.
Neary said that’s because he didn’t receive Krueger’s report until Friday morning.
Sullivan County Court Judge Frank LaBuda adjourned the hearing until Wednesday to give Neary a chance to review the report.
Four witnesses also took the stand on Friday for a hearing regarding the victim’s ability to identify Boukris as the assailant.
Boukris said he’d seen the boy on numerous occasions, both in community and school settings.
During questioning from Neary, Boukris said he had never spoken one-on-one with the boy. But he did know a relative of the boy. The judge made no immediate ruling.
Boukris is currently out on $200,000 cash bond. Boukris’ trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 12.