Ephraim Padwa, a senior Haredi rabbi in the United Kingdom, was recently caught on camera telling a presumed victim of alleged child sex abuse not to go to the police.
According to the Independent, Padwa was secretly filmed telling the victim that it was "mesira" (or forbidden) to "report a suspected Jewish sex offender to a non-Jewish authority."
The victim, who cannot be seen in the footage and is apparently filming the interaction, can be heard telling Padwa that he was sexually abused when he was younger. "Would I need to speak to the police about it?" he asks the rabbi.
In response, Padwa, who is described by The Huffington Post's U.K. edition as aleader of the extremist ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish sect in the U.K., is seen saying -- emphatically and repeatedly -- that while child sex abuse is a serious issue, the victim must not involve the police in the matter.
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