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School rabbi accused of sexual abuse

NEW YORK — A rabbi at a religious school in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community is suspected of sexually abusing students, a law enforcement official said Wed-nesday.

The accusations come amid mounting pressure to report allegations of abuse within the insular, secretive community, the largest outside Israel.

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The man, 33, was taken into custody after reports he may have brought two students to motels for sexual liaisons, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the case. A third encounter was reported in a car.

The official said the victims were teenage boys, ages 14 to 16, and the encounters took place between March of last year and last week.

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