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Re: Head Rabbi of NY arrested for kiddie sex solicitation

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    One wonders if Jewish congregations will feel the same level of media wrath as the Catholic Church. --Kevin
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 23, 2003
      One wonders if Jewish congregations will feel the same
      level of media wrath as the Catholic Church.

      --Kevin

      >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,
      >prosecutors said.
      >
      >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
      >Court.
      >
      >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
      >Older Men."
      >
      >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
      >jelly.
      >
      >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
      >a minor.
      >
      >
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