The allegations relate to sisters Dassie Arich, Nicole Meyer and Erie Sapper in Leifer’s time at the Adas Israel School in Melbourne from 2004 to 2008.
Justice of the Peace Johanna Metcalf said he believed that the evidence presented at the hearings heard from all three sisters in a private court was of sufficient weight to support the conviction.
Leifer’s proceedings will be sent to the county court in Victoria for the first hearing on October 21.
At a hearing on Thursday, Arich’s ex-husband, Joshua Arich, provided evidence of a “panic” call made by his wife to his sister Nicole Meyer when he lived in Israel in 2008.
Ms. Erlich met with social worker Chana Rabinowitz, who had previously counseled students at the Adsas Israel School.
He said he heard a phone call between his sisters after a session. There, it seemed that he was “panicked” about what his wife had told Rabinowitz about his relationship with Raifer.
“She was very worried about what would happen next and didn’t understand why it was taken so seriously.”
He said Ms. Arich tried to persuade Ms. Rabinowitz to do nothing about it, but she also believed that her sister Nicole had confirmed that the information could be substantiated.
Erlich said he believed Nicole had confirmed the information (not detailed in the public court) and had notified the school’s managers.
Leifer evacuated in 2008 and returned to Israel before being charged. She was handed over to Australia earlier this year to face prosecution.
Justice of the Peace ruled that Marca Reifer had sufficient evidence to stand in court. Leifer formally pleads not guilty.
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The couple then divorced and began divorce proceedings in 2011. After that, Ms. Arich decided to move away from religious observance.
Erlich said Erlich had previously explained that Leifer had replaced her mother and shared that the school had given her sisters a break from trouble with their mother at home.
He said he heard Raifer hugging her, rubbing her thighs and giving her “special attention”, but didn’t think she was particularly worried.
“I would have been worried if she had said it was under clothes or of that nature,” he said.
“I don’t think she told me that.”
Leifer is detained at the Dame Phyllis Frost Center, a women’s prison in Melbourne.
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