Member of Lev Tahor sect indicted for child abuse

Former principal of Lev Tahor school in Canada indicted for alleged physical and mental torture of children.

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Jerusalem District Court
Jerusalem District Court
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The Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office submitted to the city's District Court an indictment against Elazar Romfeller, 46, for crimes of physical and mental torture and attacking of minors aged 9-10 by a responsible figure.

For the past 17 years, Romfeller has been part of the Lev Tahor sect, which moves around the world while attempting to escape the authorities of various countries. Between the years 2009-2011, Romfeller ran a school for children in the community ages 6-13 in Canada, and today he lives with his family in the community in Guatemala.

The Family Court has declared Lev Tahor to be a harmful cult, since in the community, both children and adults are customarily punished in a harsh and cruel fashion, and since the sect marries children off when they are still minors, separates parents and children, prevents children from receiving a formal education, and cuts its members off from the outside world.

Attorney Aviad Davik of the Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office said Romfeller was connected to acts of physical and mental torture of two minors during the years 2009-2011, as well as to an attack which caused a physical injury. These incidents took place while Romfeller was serving as principal of the school the minors attended.

The Prosecutor's Office has requested that the court order the suspect to be released on bail, on condition that he be banned from leaving Israel until the completion of legal proceedings against him, with the guarantees and appropriate monetary deposits necessary to ensure he will fulfill the conditions.