Rabbi Cleared of Rape Charges Speaks Out About Ordeal

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Rabbi Bryan Bramly
Rabbi Bryan Bramly's had a nightmarish few months. Since March, he was suspected of raping a 7-year-old girl, publicly asked by his temple to resign, and considered by many to be just another religious leader to have a thing for little kids.

On Wednesday, Rabbi Bramly was vindicated. The rape charge was thrown out based on a lack of evidence, and Bramly can begin to try and repair his image.

We spoke to Bramly this morning and had a chance to ask him about the ordeal.

"Honestly, of course I'm bitter," he says. "My family will never be the same, my life will never be the same, my career will never be the same. [Being a rabbi] is my calling."


Bramly was arrested -- at gunpoint, while at Temple Beth Shalom, the temple at which he serves -- in March of this year for an alleged rape that occurred in New York City in 2000.

He was shocked.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office received the complaint about Bramly in August 2009 but never bothered to contact Bramly, or his temple.

Prosecutors, Bramly says, did no investigation during that time period and basically sat on the case until they got around to it.

"What were they doing in that time period," Bramly asks. "Why wait and why not bother to contact me?"

Bramly says the alleged victim was his daughter's best friend for years. The two met in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where the girl is from and Bramly has family.   

The girls would often sleep over at each other's houses, even after Bramly's rabbinical career moved him across North America.

The girls remained friends and had occasional visits in New York City, Phoenix, and other places Bramly's work took him. The Bramlys would often go to British Columbia to visit family and rent a house, where the girl would often sleep over.

During the whole time the girls continued their friendship, no word of an alleged rape came up.

The girls drifted apart in recent years. Bramly says the victim spent the last two or three years in therapy, which is where the rape story probably was "implanted" to explain her psychological anguish.

"I hope this girl gets real help," Bramly says.

Bramly says after she was convinced that she was raped, she took her case to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors did little-to-no investigation into the case, he says.

"Their plan was 'put his picture in the press and wait for other victims to come forward,'" Bramly says.

It's rare in cases like Bramly's for there to be only one victim. But no other victims came forward.

Prosecutors conducted a secondary investigation (in reality it was the first actual investigation) and found inconsistencies in the girl's story.

We asked Bramly if he even remembered the night he was alleged to have raped the girl. He says "no, and neither did she. It never happened."

Following the investigation, prosecutors dropped all charges against Bramly.

The problems Bramly's faced since news of the accusation first broke have been significant.

His reputation has been forever smeared, and his relationship with the board of trustees at his temple has become strained, to say the least.

After his arrest, the board issued a press release announcing it had called for Bramly's resignation -- a further implication of his guilt before any actual investigation.

Bramly wouldn't discuss his current relationship with the board -- or whether he wants to continue his work with the temple -- because of legal action that may need to be taken in the future. However, he says he's hired an attorney that specializes in labor disputes.

"I'm a rabbi, and I intend to continue my calling as a rabbi," he says.
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21gram Radio
21gram Radio

Yes, let's call the poor girl a liar just because this revolting waste of a human being was lucky enough to get off on a flimsy decision made by NY's worthless D.A. Hooray for journalism!

If anyone can link the unfortunate readers of this rag to a half-decent news source, I think they sorely need it.

Stand Up for Justice
Stand Up for Justice

Why don't you read the NY DA's website? If you did, you'd know that it wasn't a flimsy decision but that all charges were dismissed based upon the investigations of the NY DA, the NYPD and the "inconsistencies of the plaintiff and her inability to recall key details...."

Guest47
Guest47

I would like to but I'm afraid I've yet to find one. News sources do however, print what they like, quote the outcome incorrectly (e.g. using terms like vindicated, innocent, exonerated) which are false including numerous quotes from Bryan Bramly.

So, what are we to do? Those of us who know the victim and understand the history and how the case proceeded carry the truth. And he and the people protecting him, whatever their motives, know this.

Thinker
Thinker

Alehound, your an asshole. You have no idea about anything this man has gone through. I would like to see you handle the effects of being in jail in NY and then having to defend yourself against a child that has it all wrong. You need to read about the facts not speculation.

Guest100
Guest100

Actually, you too need to read about the facts of this case.

Alehound is being ignorant but you're no better and have no idea whatsoever what this child went through.

EV Jewish Community
EV Jewish Community

Good for you Rabbi! Finally able to tell your story. Now it just needs to be publicized!

Thinker
Thinker

If only the news stations that blasted this to the Valley would step up and do the rigtht thing, maybe then the Rabbi's story of faith and belief could be heard. It clear that the locat TV stations here in Arizona only run stories that are the ones that destroy the lives of the rightous.

L'chaim
L'chaim

Alehound---if you do some research, you can quit making these inane comments. Otherwise, you are just a race-baiting, race-hating, waste of human flesh. God says there is good in everyone. What do you bring to the table in order to enhance the world. If you had any idea what this Rabbi has done for people of all nationalities, you'd be ashamed of yourself.When does the hatred stop? Certainly not now, not with people like you in this world.

Not a Catholic ???
Not a Catholic ???

Alehound... Are you the kind of racist who just can't let go of a good allegation ? Kinda seems that way. Did you stop to think that the little girl's folks might have put her up to lying to the police for a tidy little civil damage claim against the church. $10,000,000.00 buys an awful lot of healing, ya know.Bottoms Up !!!!!!

Alehound
Alehound

Check his financials, see who he paid off...

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