Miami-Dade rabbi surrenders to police, arrested on child molestation charges

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida rabbi was arrested on some disturbing charges.

Yosef Benita, 37, a teacher at Lubavitch Educational Center, is facing child molestation charges.

He surrendered to Miami Gardens police on Wednesday.

Benita is accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old student during a tutoring session.

He is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

“We received an allegation of inappropriate behavior by a staff member and immediately reported to the Department of Children and Families, and suspended the individual pending the outcome of the investigation,” a statement from the Lubavitch Educational Center read. “We are working with the authorities and are confident in the process.

“There is absolutely nothing more important than our students’ physical and emotional safety and wellbeing. We take any claim of inappropriate behavior very seriously, which is why we immediately reported to the appropriate authorities.”