Rabbi Nisson Friedman, 26, who The Jewish Chronicle reported has been removed from teaching at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh after a lengthy investigation of child sexual abuse, is reportedly in the process of divorce and currently separated from his wife. The couple were married in 2013 (images removed).
Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County approved Mrs. Friedman’s request to receive sole custody of their almost 3 year-old son on an interim emergency basis due to the current CSA investigation.
Nisson Friedman is a suspect in several alleged incidents. Though no arrest has been made yet, it is considered “inevitable.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
He is married, but his wife has initiated divorce and custody proceedings. according to documents filed in the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The couple has a young child.
According to his wife’s filing, Mr. Friedman “is currently under investigation in Pittsburgh, PA for at least one incident of child sexual abuse with a minor other than (the couple’s own) child. These allegations … relate to the Pittsburgh school at which (Mr. Friedman) was employed at the time. He was fired shortly thereafter.”
The court approved her petition to receive sole custody of the child on an interim emergency basis due to the investigation.
According to the divorce proceedings, Mr. Friedman has been living with family in Brooklyn while his wife and child stay with relatives in California.
Nisson Friedman is the son of the very well known Chabad personality Rabbi Manis Friedman who in a January 2013 video trivialized the effects of child sexual abuse (CSA) and mocked CSA victims.
Manis Friedman is considered by many to be an authority on marriage and intimacy. Considering his past statements on CSA and the current condition of his family matters, I’d say regarding Manis Friedman as an expert on marriage, intimacy, or any matters relating to family or interpersonal relationships a serious mistake. A black hat, beard and black coat too often give these Chabad representatives a facade of wisdom. However, as rabbis, and not therapists or mental health professionals, they are dangerously unqualified to advise in these areas of life.
Update 2/28/17: (revision to omit Mrs. Friedman’s first name)