Monday, May 13, 2013

Case of Rabbi Yaakov Murray

Case of Rabbi Yaakov Murray
(AKA: Jordan E. Murray)

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Teacher,  Torah Day School - Seattle, WA


Rabbi Yaakov Murray (AKA: Jordan Murray) has been accused of molesting grade school aged girls in the classroom at the Torah Day School in Seattle, WA.


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Table of Contents:  

2013
  1. Torah Day School's Home Page  (05/10/2013)
  2. Private School Teacher Arrested For Molesting 6 & 7 Year Old Students In Front Of Classroom  (05/10/2013)
  3. Seattle private school teacher charged with child molestation (05/10/2013)
  4. Molestation charges filed against ex-teacher at private school (05/10/2013)
  5. Ex-teacher at Seattle private school charged  (05/10/2013)
  6. Charge: Seattle grade school teacher molested girls in front of class  (05/10/2013)
  7. Private school teacher charged with child molestation   (05/10/2013)

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Torah Day School's Home Page
May 10, 2013


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Private School Teacher Arrested For Molesting 6 & 7 Year Old Students In Front Of Classroom
MOX News - Channel 4 News - May 10, 2013

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Seattle private school teacher charged with child molestation 
By Kiro Radio
My Northwest.com - May 10, 2013


Rabbi Yaakov Murray - AKA: Jordan Murray
A private school teacher in Seattle has been charged with four counts of child molestation after two students said he groped them during class, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Jordan E. Murray, 32, is accused of fondling two girls, ages 6 and 7, on several occasions between September 2012 and April 2013.

Murray, also known as Rabbi Yaakov Murray, has taught first and second grade at Torah Day School since the beginning of the 2011 school year, according to charging documents.
He was arrested after the Seattle Police Department was notified by Child Protective Services of the alleged abuse.

The 6-year-old victim told investigators Murray put her on his lap and "has put his hands down her pants" and shirt on multiple occasions. She said other students were in the room at the time, but said Murray's desk blocked their view.

The 7-year-old victim said Murray touched her while she was standing at his desk. Other students were in the classroom when the abuse occurred, according to the documents.
"She stated the touching always occurred in class," the documents read. "Other children were present but they couldn't see because of Murray's desk. Murray does the same thing every time."

Prosecutors say the victims reported the abuse to one of their sisters, who works as a receptionist at the school.

Murray, who was released on bail, could face a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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Molestation charges filed against ex-teacher at private school
By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times - May 10, 2013

A former teacher at a Seattle private religious school has been charged with four counts of first-degree child molestation, accused of sexually touching two of his young students during classes when other children were present.


A former teacher at a Seattle private school was charged this week with four counts of first-degree child molestation for allegedly touching two of his students during classes when other children were present, according to King County prosecutors.

Jordan Eareckson Murray — who went by the honorary title of “Rabbi Yaakov Murray” at the Torah Day School in Columbia City — was arrested May 3 and spent less than 48 hours in the King County Jail before posting a $100,000 bond, according to jail and court records.
Murray, 32, a married father of three, does not have a criminal history, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Formal charges were filed Tuesday, accusing Murray of touching the girls under their clothes numerous times since the middle of the school year. Other students in Murray’s first- and second-grade classes were apparently unaware of the behavior because Murray’s desk blocked their view, charging papers say.
The two alleged victims, a 6- and 7-year-old, were playing together at the younger girl’s house and told the girl’s 12-year-old sister — who is also a student at the school — that “Rabbi Murray puts his hands in their pants,” charging papers say. The girls “were scared” and confused and didn’t know why it was happening, the papers say.
The sister brought the girls to her mother, and they disclosed the alleged abuse, according to the charges.
The 12-year-old had baby-sat Murray’s children in the past, the papers say.
Another 6-year-old also described sitting on Murray’s lap or standing between his legs, and said other girls in her class also sat on his lap, according to the charging papers. The girl said Murray often hugged her from behind and touched her over her clothing, the papers say.
The two alleged victims and at least four other students in Murray’s classes, all ages 6 and 7, routinely complained of anxiety, headaches and stomach aches, but the girls’ parents said the children were fine and acted normally after being sent home early, the papers say.
The Seattle Police Department received two referrals from Child Protective Services on April 23 and launched an investigation, the papers say.
Murray, who has since been fired by the school, declined to provide a statement to police, charging papers say.

“The defendant is a clear danger to children given the circumstances of this crime where he abused his position of trust as a first- and second-grade teacher, secretly molesting these girls in class in front of others,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor wrote in the charging documents.
Murray is scheduled to be arraigned May 20.

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Ex-teacher at Seattle private school charged 
Associated Press - Saturday, May 11, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — A former teacher at a Seattle private religious school has been charged with four counts of first-degree child molestation.

The Seattle Times reports Jordan Murray went by the honorary title of "Rabbi Yaakov Murray" at the Jewish Orthodox Torah Day School in south Seattle.

King County prosecutors say the 32-year-old is accused of sexually touching two of his young students during classes when other children were present.

A spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg says Murray is a married father of three and does not have a criminal history.

Formal charges were filed Tuesday. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 20.


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Charge: Seattle grade school teacher molested girls in front of class
By Levi Pulkkinen
Seatle PI - May 11, 2013


Torah Day School - Seattle, WA
A Seattle grade school teacher accused of sexually assaulting two girls in front of other students has been charged with child molestation.

Torah Day School teacher Jordan E. Murray was teaching first- and second-graders at the private religious school in South Seattle late last month when he is alleged to have groped the girls. Murray has since been fired.
Known to students as Rabbi Yaakov Murray, the father of three is alleged to have groped girl students after lifting them onto his lap.

Writing the court, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor noted Murray recently arrived in Washington. Murray could face a 25-year minimum term in prison if convicted as charged.

“The defendant is a clear danger to children given the circumstances of this crime,” Spoor told the court. “He abused his position of trust as a firs-t and second-grade teacher, secretly molesting these girls in class in front of others.”
Seattle police responded to the South Ferdinand Street school after they were notified of the allegations on April 23.
Speaking with investigators, a 6-year-old girl said Murray put her on his lap and shoved his hands down her pants while he was seated behind his desk, Seattle Detective Michael Moore told the court. The girl had approached Murray to show him her school work.
As he did so, Murray stared at the girls school work as though he was reading it, Moore continued. The detective added that the rest of the first-grade class was unaware Murray was groping the child.

Moore went on to claim Murray molested the girl behind his desk on several other occasions. The girl’s family notified authorities after she reported the apparent abuse.

A 7-year-old girl made similar allegations against Murray, claiming he molested her several times in recent weeks, Moore continued. Like the other girl, she said Murray molested her behind his desk in the classroom.

A third girl said Murray often hugged her and lifted her onto his lap at his desk at his desk. He is not alleged to have molested that girl, though investigators suggest he touched the girl over her clothing.

Murray declined to speak with investigators, according to charging papers.

Investigators note Murray is not actually an ordained rabbi; students at the school called him by that title out of respect. He has no criminal history.

Murray has been charged with four counts of first-degree child molestation. He was briefly jailed on May 3 but was released after posting bond on $100,000 bail.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained allegations that Murray was previously convicted of crimes outside Washington state. Those inaccurate allegation were wrongly included in charging papers. Murray has no criminal history.


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Private school teacher charged with child molestation  
NWCN News - May 10, 2013


A Seattle elementary school teacher has been charged with four counts of child molestation after two female students reported that he sexually assaulted them in front of the class.



Jordan E. Murray, 32, was teaching first and second graders when he allegedly groped the girls in class at the private religious school.



The two girls reported that they were touched sexually by their teacher, who was called Rabbi Yaakov Murray at the school.



A 6-year-old student told detectives that Murray put her on his lap and put his hand down her pants on more than one occasion. He was seated behind his desk and looked over her work, which she had brought up to show him, while touching her. The student also said he put his hand under her shirt on one occasion.


The second student, a 7-year-old, said that Murray touched her while she stood at his desk. She had Murray as a teacher the previous year, but told investigators he hadn't touched her until this year.

Murray was released on $100,000 bail and could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Murray is considered a clear danger to children because of the circumstances of these crimes.

Murray has lived in Washington state for less than two years.



A spokesperson for the prosecutors office clarified that Murray does not have any out-of-state convictions. They had previously said he was convicted of a domestic violence charge in New Hampshire in 2007.

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