Cheshire Rabbi Had Inappropriate Contact With Child: Officials

A rabbi from Cheshire has been charged on three felony counts after having inappropriate contact with a child under the age of 14 in 1968 and 1970, according to the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney.

Eric Silver, who police say formerly led Temple Beth-David in Cheshire, is facing charges out of Norfolk, Virginia. The Meriden Record-Journal reports that Silver is 72 years old and lives on Willow Brook Drive in Cheshire.

State officials in Virginia said the charges – three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 – pertain to incidents that happened on Jan. 1, 1968 and June 30, 1970. Authorities said Silver targeted one victim.

The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney sought the indictments last month, and Cheshire police, along with U.S. Marshals, took Silver into custody Tuesday. Cheshire police said Silver is being held in Connecticut ahead of his arraignment in Meriden Superior Court.

Silver will then be extradited back to Virginia to stand trial, according to the office of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney.

Authorities have not released details of the allegations against Silver.

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