Judge grants continuance to August in Varon case

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent

Eli Varon, 28, of Seattle appeared briefly in a King County Superior Court on Tuesday, June 10, flanked by his attorney David Marshall, who asked Judge Jim Rogers for more time to gather evidence and negotiate the charges with deputy prosecutor Corinn Bohn.

The case is scheduled to resume on August 5, 2014, when Varon is expected to appear in court.

Varon was charged on May 2 with Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes and entered a plea of not guilty. Bail, originally set at $25,000, was rescinded by the judge after a motion by Varon’s attorney and he was released on his own recognizance. Varon was ordered by the court to have no unsupervised contact with minors or the alleged victim. The court also ordered Varon to stay away from Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, where the incident was alleged to have occurred. The judge, however, made one exception and allowed Varon supervised contact with his niece.

SBH board president Simon Amiel said the synagogue’s board has agreed to follow the court order and that it is complying with the court-ordered directive to not allow Varon on SBH property. Varon is also prohibited from attending events at the synagogue.