Prosecutors are seeking a 9-12-month prison sentence for Rabbi Moti Elon
who was convicted
last August of performing indecent acts on a minor.
"When the court discusses the sentence, it should consider the issue of deterrence. We shall ask the court to reflect in its sentencing the fact that the defendant committed the acts while abusing his power as an influential, charismatic figure who many turned to for help."
Elon's attorney Asher Ohayon motioned for community service instead of jail time. "These are relatively minor events," he said. "The defendant and his family have been punished well above the necessary measure. The court should be lenient."
During the hearing, Rabbi David Grossman, an Israel Prize laureate, testified on behalf of Rabbi Elon. "Over the years I needed help in various issues and not once did Rabbi Elon fail to help," he said.
Elon was indicted in late 2011 for offenses perpetrated in 2005. The prosecution claimed he abused his position as an educator and molested two teenagers on various occasions in 2003 and 2005.
The indictment covered five counts of forceful indecent act and abuse of authority.
According to the indictment, Elon made unwelcome advances at the teenagers, touched them inappropriately and fondled them, all the while claiming it would help their emotional problems.
The rabbi has repeatedly denied the charges claiming he has no memory of the encounters.
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