Courtesy of JTA Rabbi Avrohom Zippel

Courtesy of JTA

Rabbi Avrohom Zippel


(JTA) — A jury in Utah has convicted the former nanny of a Chabad emissary in Salt Lake City of sexually abusing him for about 10 years beginning at age 8.

Alavina Florreich, 70, on Nov. 15 was found guilty of five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of forcible sex abuse, the Deseret News reported. She will be sentenced on Jan. 13, and faces up to life in prison. Her attorney said she will appeal.

Rabbi Avrohom Zippel, 28, and father of two, first came forward in an article in February in the Deseret News. The newspaper said he may be the first Orthodox rabbi to come forward during the MeToo movement as a survivor of sexual abuse.

The rabbi, who works as an emissary in Salt Lake City, where he grew up, said the MeToo movement inspired him to come forward. He also cited as an inspiration Jewish Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who testified in court alongside 156 other women against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing them.

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