A Connecticut Rabbi accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy in the early 2000’s was sentenced to 12 years in prison last month. 

The accuser, Eliyahu Mirlis, now 32, filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Rabbi Daniel  Greer, now 79 in 2016. Mirlis said Greer sexually abused him in 2002 and 2003 when he attended the Yeshiva of New Haven that Rabbi Greer founded.

A federal appeals court  last month upheld a $21.7 million verdict against Rabbi Greer and a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City rejected the appeal. 

A federal jury awarded Eliyahu Mirlis, the victim,  $15 million in compensatory damages and a judge tacked on another $5 million in punitive damages plus $1.7 million in interest.

Greer’s invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when declining to answer questions during the trial.