Unsealed court docs reveal allegations against Lev Tahor

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attend in...

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attend in Chatham, Ont., Friday, November 29, 2013. (Diana Martin/QMI Agency)

Dave Kaufman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

MONTREAL - Newly unsealed documents about the Lev Tahor Jewish community released Friday detail the alleged abuse suffered by the members of the sect.

The documents, which remain heavily redacted, allege forced marriages involving participants as young as 14 or 15, disobedient 13- and 14-year-olds locked in basements, children removed from their biological parents if group elders disagreed with how they were raised, and children brought in from other countries for arranged marriages. The documents were used by police to obtain search warrants for homes and computers in the orthodox Jewish sect.

Other allegations include Youth Protection Services removing a 14-year-old girl from the community after she was beaten across the face with a belt by her father, and a 17-year-old girl who left the community in December 2012 by ambulance. She allegedly told a nurse that she was beaten by her brother, sexually abused by her father, and had been married since the age of 15 to a 30-year-old.


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