NYC rape charge dropped against Arizona rabbi

September 16, 2010 3:39:05 AM PDT
The New York State Supreme Court has dismissed a charge of first-degree rape against an Arizona rabbi.

Bryan Bramly was charged last March with allegedly molesting a 7-year-old girl in March 2000 at his home in New York when he was working on his rabbinical studies. The girl didn't report the alleged rape to authorities until August 2009.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office says there were inconsistencies in the girl's story that led prosecutors to conclude they could not prove their case in court. Their motion to dismiss the case was granted Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Bramly had served as the rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Chandler for two years at the time of his arrest. He says he has a six-year contract with the synagogue that runs into 2014.

It was unclear Wednesday whether Temple Beth Sholom plans to retain Bramly.