KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. — A federal probe in this predominantly ultra-Orthodox village is focusing on child-abuse allegations at a school and how authorities responded to them, a law-enforcement source said Friday.
On Thursday, FBI agents executed search warrants at United Talmudical Academy school buildings and at a trailer that houses the village Department of Public Safety. They spent about four hours in each location and left with boxes of documents and equipment.
The raids came a week after two videos were posted on the Internet showing a school principal in close physical contact with young male students. The principal is not being identified because no charges have been filed.
The videos, purportedly taken several months ago, came from a ceiling camera in the office of the 67-year-old principal. The identity of those who hid the camera and leaked the videos has not been revealed publicly.