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New Haven rabbi arrested in high school student sex assault case

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Rabbi Daniel Greer is accused in a sexual assault case involving a high school student in New Haven. (New Haven police) Rabbi Daniel Greer is accused in a sexual assault case involving a high school student in New Haven. (New Haven police)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A rabbi and former dean of a Jewish school in New Haven has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a student more than 10 years ago, police said.

Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Police said the victim, now an adult, contacted them through his attorney and claimed he was the victim of sexual assaults from the early to mid-2000s.

Greer was the dean of the Yeshiva of New Haven / the Gan School where the victim was a high school student, according to police. He is also a former New Haven city police commissioner.

According to court paperwork, the alleged victim told police Greer would meet him at specific locations, always giving him alcohol.

"At that time Greer was seated next to the victim on a couch and leaned in and kissed the victim. The victim stated he 'freaked out' and Greer told him 'I do it (referring to the kiss) to all my kids' ‘It's normal’,” court documents said.

The alleged victim, who is now 29 years old and lives in New Jersey, told detectives, the abuse continued, escalating in nature to both oral and anal sex.

"If the victim refused to meet with Greer he would be punished with bad grades, Greer would yell at the victim in the hallways of the school and threaten the victim with expulsion from the school. The victim described the sexual assaults as 'a game' for Greer,” court documents continued to say.

Earlier this year, the victim won a $15 million sexual assault lawsuit case, but Greer's attorneys have filed an appeal.

Det. Kris Cuddy investigated the case and obtained a warrant for Greer's arrest.

Police said Greer turned himself in on Wednesday.

His bond was set at $100,000.

In a statement, Greer's attorney said "Rabbi Greer has a history of making substantial contributions to the New Haven community. We intend to enter not guilty pleas and will be ready to contest these unfounded charges."

Greer is also the subject of a lawsuit which claims a child in the New Haven Orthodox Jewish community was raped.

The attorney for the case said the victim who was in Greer's care was sexually assaulted dozens of times over a period of years.

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