Rabbi sentenced in NY to 2 months for midair grope

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Posted: May 12, 2011 2:07 PM
Rabbi sentenced in NY to 2 months for midair grope

An Orthodox rabbi has been sentenced to two months behind bars for groping an Israeli Army officer on a flight to New York.

A magistrate judge jailed Gavriel Bidany on Thursday after handing down the sentence in federal court in Brooklyn. Bidany had been free on $500,000 bail.

The 47-year-old Bidany was convicted at a nonjury trial. The officer testified that the rabbi fondled her when she fell asleep on a Delta flight from Tel Aviv on March 27.

The rabbi claimed that he never touched her. But the magistrate said he found the victim's testimony "wholly believable."

Bidany, a married father of 11 children, lives in a Tel Aviv suburb.