Malka Leifer, a former headteacher at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl’s school in Australia, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage students. The Melbourne jury found Leifer had raped and indecently assaulted sisters Dassi Erlich and Elly Sapper between 2003 and 2007. However, she was found not guilty of abusing a third sister, Nicole Meyer. Leifer had pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen charges and had fought extradition from Israel for years before an Israeli judge ordered her extradition to Australia in 2021. The abuse occurred while the sisters were students at Melbourne’s Adass Israel School, where Leifer was a revered figure. The sisters said they were abused in locked classrooms, on school camps, and at the head teacher’s home. The abuse continued when they returned to the school as student teachers.
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