SPRING VALLEY -  Rockland County’s district attorney says the family of the child allegedly slapped by a rabbi is unwilling to cooperate in the case. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the family is making its case against Rabbi Meilech Spitzer difficult.

Spitzer, the principal at United Talmudical Academy in Spring Valley, is accused of slapping a boy across the face numerous times. The boy allegedly had done some damage to the school bathroom.

Spitzer is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Zugibe says his case needs a firsthand account from a family member of the victim or someone with direct knowledge of what happened. If the district attorney’s office cannot obtain this within 60 days, the charges will be dropped. School officials told News 12 they had no one available to comment on the case.


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