|Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt. (WHDH-TV)|
Accused rabbi backs off plea deal
A plea deal to resolve sex abuse charges at a prestigious Jewish day school collapsed at the last minute today when Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt decided that he would not plead guilty to charges that he molested sixth-graders in the 1970s and instead would take his case before a jury. Three alleged victims of Rabbi Levitt had been informed by Suffolk County prosecutors that Levitt was expected to plead guilty to four counts of indecent assault and battery on them when they were students at the Maimonides School in Brookline. But when Levitt appeared in Suffolk Superior Court this morning, his attorney informed the court that the rabbi would not plead guilty after all, prompting criticism from Judge Carol S. Ball for not letting the alleged victims know ahead of time.