Re: Head Rabbi of NY arrested for kiddie sex solicitation
- One wonders if Jewish congregations will feel the same
level of media wrath as the Catholic Church.
>NY Rabbi Jailed for Cybersex Date with 'Minor'
>Fri Feb 21, 7:44 PM ET
>NEW YORK (Reuters) - An orthodox rabbi who leads the
>New York City Board of Rabbis was arrested on Friday
>and faces up to four years in prison on charges
>related to his alleged plans for a cybersex date with
>an undercover detective he believed to be a minor,
>Israel Kestenbaum, 54, of Highland Park, New Jersey,
>is alleged to have induced someone he believed to be a
>13-year-old girl to meet him at a local coffeehouse
>after a series of instant message conversations,
>according to the complaint filed in Manhattan Criminal
>Prosecutors informed Judge William Harrington on
>Friday that an undercover detective posing as the
>young girl, named "Katie," was actually conducting the
>conversations in an Internet chat room called, "I Love
>Police recovered a black bag Kestenbaum carried with
>him to his Starbuck's meeting with Katie. It allegedly
>contained numerous condoms and the lubricant K-Y
>A search of Kestenbaum's work and home computers
>allegedly turned up child pornography images and
>evidence that he was also engaged in e-mail messaging
>with another young girl, prosecutors said.
>Kestenbaum was charged with 10 counts of attempting to
>endanger the welfare of a child and five counts of
>attempting to disseminate material to a minor.
>Kestenbaum, who oversees the chaplains serving city
>hospitals and jails, is being held on $5,000 bail.
>The rabbi's attorney, Raymond Granger, denied the
>charges and said Kestenbaum did not attempt to solicit
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