Gilbert rabbi arrested for allegedly raping 7-year-old girl

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

GILBERT - U.S. Marshals arrested a rabbi outside of his synagogue in Gilbert for his involvement in a rape case that occurred 10-years ago.

Rabbi Bryan Bramley, 45, was arrested at Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue Tuesday morning by the Child Predator Apprehension Team of the U.S. Marshals and detectives with the New York Police Department.

Rabbi Bramley is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in March 2000 in New York City.

The alleged rape occurred at the home of Bramley's family while the victim was spending the night. The Bramley's lived in New York during his rabbi studies.

The victim didn't report the incident until August 2009 when she was 17-years-old.

Bramley is being held at the Maricopa County Jail while awaiting extradition to New York to face first degree rape charges.

“The United States Marshals Service places a high priority on arresting persons accused of sex crimes, particularly those involving children," United States Marshal David Gonzales said. “Our offices in New York and Arizona working in concert with NYPD, were able to locate and arrest an individual accused of preying on our most valuable commodity, a child.”

Statement of the Temple Beth Sholom of the east Valley regarding Rabbi Bryan Bramly:

CHANDLER - Dianne White, President of Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, responding to the arrest of the Synagogue’s Rabbi, Bryan R. Bramly, stated, “We pray for wisdom and compassion for all those involved in this situation.  We also pray for a fair and speedy resolution.”

“Our hearts go out to all affected by the accusations, including the alleged victim, her family and Rabbi Bramly’s family.  We will be working diligently in the coming days, weeks and months to meet the needs of our congregants in any way we can. We will have counselors available for our young people.

“The quality of mercy is not strained.  Rabbi Bramly is effectively on leave until further notice.  We ask for understanding from our congregants and the public in this terrible time,” White continued.   

Temple Beth Sholom Synagogue has 182 families, was founded in the East Valley over 60 years ago and moved to Chandler 10 years ago. “We have no further information that we can supply at this time and thank the media for conveying our concern,” White concluded.