Gary Lieberman, 56, of Far Rockaway, is awaiting arraignment Oct. 18 at First District Court in Hempstead after being charged with first-degree sexual abuse.
Police said Lieberman victimized the then 10-year-old boy from November 2009 to May 2010 while working as a religious teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County on Hempstead Avenue in West Hempstead.
Detectives believe Lieberman would sexually abuse the preteen boy in a learning resource room on the second floor of the school. Authorities said additional inappropriate conduct occurred in one of the school’s bathrooms.
“Lieberman told the victim that if he tells anyone about this they would not believe him because he is a Rabbi,” police said.
Nassau County Special Victims Squad detectives conducted an investigation after being contacted by the chairman of the board of education which oversees the school. Police said they were notified of the alleged sex abuse earlier this year and immediately launched the investigation, which yielded Lieberman’s arrest Thursday.
Police said Lieberman was fired from the Hebrew Academy on Aug. 31, 2010, but may have continued teaching at other private religious schools.
A phone call placed to the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County went unanswered Friday morning.
Police are asking with information – or anyone who may have been victimized by Lieberman – to call Special Victims Squad detectives at 516-573-4022.