"In the year 5613 (1853) it happened in one city that there was a rumor regarding a schoolteacher that had been living there for eight years. Children that had learned with him when they were younger, and are now thirteen years old and older, are testifying that he defiled them with homosexual sex, may the Merciful One save us. Last summer, when this became known to a God fearing man, he let out a great and bitter shout, and the subject was brought to the attention to the president of the Beit Din. They (the Beit Din) did not want to gather witnesses, and this man took it upon himself, with an oath, that immediately at the end of the session, he would leave.
Afterwards, he wanted to be a schoolteacher in Lvov. When the rumor reached Lvov, an honored layperson sent a letter to the Rabbi, the president of the Beit Din. He responded that he, with the Beit Din, had investigated the matter, and they did not find a trace of a problem according to Torah law. There was no clarity regarding the situation, and a judge only has what is before his eyes. . .
During the week of Parshat Va'era (~ January) I received a letter with an affidavit, signed by three honorable men . . . Two young men, the first is currently fifteen years old, and the second is more than thirteen years old, testified that when they were younger, when they studied with him, when they were less than nine years old, he would defile them with homosexual sex. They used to sleep with him in his bed in his room. Their words were in great detail that is distasteful to write in a book.
This is what I responded: Truthfully, I have already expounded in a different responsum that in order to disqualify a person, two valid witnesses are necessary. . . If so, here, where they were minors at the time of the event, they are not trusted to testify as adults regarding what they saw as children. . . However, according to the Maharik, the Terumat HaDeshen, and what the Rema wrote in the Shulchan Aruch, that in a case where it is impossible for there to be valid witnesses, a woman or a child are trusted. If so, certainly this is a case where there will not be adults who can give testimony. For without a doubt, even if this man is a debauched evildoer, his actions are all in private, and he only philanders with with young children. . . Therefore, it is obvious that that they are trusted to testify. . .
Woe to us that in our day it has happened that a man like this teaches schoolchildren whose very breath is pure, and we must suspect that his defiled breath will taint them. Therefore, it is my opinion that the crown of teaching should be removed from his head, and people should be worried for their lives until he completely repents and suffers appropriately. Only then, may he again be accepted as a member of the community, and may he receive atonement for his sins. As long as he does not admit his sins, repentance is meaningless."
[Translation by Rabbi Steve Greenberg]