Moishe Turner, age 58, of 5 Dana Road in Spring Valley was indicted on April 11, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of Criminal Sexual Act in the 2nd Degree, a felony (4 Counts), Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree (4 Counts) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, misdemeanors.
District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about July of 2011, on several occasions, in Spring Valley, NY, defendant had oral sexual contact and anal sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy who is known to him. The DA said the defendant also fondled the boy’s penis with his hand. According to sources in the Orthodox community, Turner’s misdeeds were known for years and with multiple victims, however it took considerable effort and courage for a victim to finally come forward and pursue criminal charges against him.
Turner calls himself a Rabbi although he does not have a following or practice as a Rabbi. It is common for men in the religious community to technically be Rabbis by virtue of their education, but not be spiritual leaders of an actual congregation.