Thursday, September 07, 2006

Update: Rabbi David A. Kaye found guilty, faces up to 60 years in prison

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Rabbi Caught on TV Is Convicted of Seeking Sex With Boy

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post
Thursday, September 7, 2006; B02

A Maryland rabbi caught in a television sting operation was convicted yesterday of traveling to Herndon for what he thought would be sex with a 13-year-old boy he met over the Internet.

In a written opinion issued yesterday, a federal judge in Alexandria found David A. Kaye, 56, guilty after a bench trial last month in which prosecutors presented evidence of sexually graphic chats between him and the boy. In reality, the boy was a 26-year-old man working for Perverted Justice, a group that tries to expose adults who use the Internet for sexual activity with children.

Perverted Justice was working with the NBC newsmagazine "Dateline," which paid the watchdog group to create a pedophile sting that ran as a series of television reports called "To Catch a Predator." Men lured to the house they set up in Herndon last year also included a schoolteacher from Prince George's County and a physician from the Eastern Shore.

Kaye, a Potomac resident, is the former vice president of program at Rockville-based PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leaders and Values, an educational foundation that trains Jewish leaders. He resigned in October after informing the organization that he would be featured on "Dateline."

"You know I'm in trouble. I know I'm in trouble," Kaye told NBC correspondent Chris Hansen when he was confronted on camera after traveling to the Herndon house in August 2005, according to the opinion by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris. The judge convicted Kaye on one count of coercion and enticement and one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Kaye, who has been jailed since his arrest in May, faces up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 1.

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said he was "very pleased because we've always thought the evidence in this case was extremely compelling. The judge's opinion makes it clear that our case was strong."

Peter D. Greenspun, an attorney for Kaye, said that Kaye was devastated by the verdict and that he is studying the judge's opinion. "This decision should put anyone who engages in explicit chat over the Internet on notice of the risks involved," Greenspun said. Some defense lawyers have challenged the television sting operations as entrapment, and experts in media ethics have questioned NBC's decision to pay Perverted Justice because mainstream news organizations typically do not pay sources for their cooperation.

NBC has defended the arrangement, saying the programs have raised public awareness of the growing problem of Internet pedophilia. Cacheris's opinion said NBC paid Perverted Justice $100,000.

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, PANIM's president, said his "heart goes out to David and his family."

Cacheris wrote that prosecutors presented overwhelming evidence during the two-day trial, including outtakes from the NBC show and a log of Kaye's chats with the supposed 13-year-old. Using the America Online screen name "REDBD," Kaye initiated the chats, Cacheris wrote.

At one point, court documents said, Kaye wrote to the "boy": "You are only 13?"

"Uhh yea," the boy responded.

"That's rape," Kaye said. ". . . I've never been with a young man like you but I would like to."

Defense attorneys argued that Kaye didn't believe the boy was 13. Kaye, who is divorced, testified that he had had numerous homosexual experiences with adults and thought he was talking to a young adult.

Don't forget this photo in which you will find three convicted sex offenders
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Back row, L to R) Rabbi Israel Kestenbaum, Rabbi Sanford Akselrad, Rabbi Abraham Morduchowitz, Rabbi Michael Davis, Rabbi Moshe Morduchowitz, Rabbi Bennett Rackman, Rabbi Raphael Ostrovski, Rabbi Gerrold Levy; (Front Row, L to R) Rabbi Feivel Wagner, Rabbi Carl Perkins, Rabbi Bonita E. Taylor, Rabbi David Kaye, Rabbi Mychal Springer, Rabbi David Nelson.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is the punishment for attempting to have sex with one child, one time - without actually doing it - imagine what the punishment would be for other rabbis who have done much, much worse. May they all get what's coming to them, speedily in our days.

September 07, 2006 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only the following rabbis would get the same treatment:

1. Rabbi Ephraim Bryks
2. Rabbi Marc Gafni
3. Rabbi Hershy Worch
4. Rabbi Aaron B. Tendler
5. Rabbi Mordecai Tendler
6. Rabbi Ben Zion Sobel
7. Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau
8. Rabbi Yaakov Menken
9. Rabbi Yehuda Kolko
10. Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz
11. Rabbi Matis Weinberg
12. Rabbi Yaakov Weiner
13. Rabbi Moshe Eisemann
14. Rabbi Yitchak Cohen

I could go on and on. At least finally the legal system is working in favor of those who were victimized.

September 07, 2006 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely sickening.

June 05, 2007 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you also imagine the incredible mental anguish (which affects the physical too, when you're that upset or depressed) his family and close relative must feel? Why don't these people THINK before they act???!!!

October 27, 2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed. There's always a bigger picture, a larger wake than the perp considers. People just won't face up to the consequences until it's too late. Western culture has thrown out the concept of thinking three steps ahead, as well as guilt. We reap what we sow.

April 23, 2008 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi David Kaye was so smug and secure when he thought that he was alone with a 13 year old boy in another state.

Enter the unexpected adults, cameras, and the legal system - then shock and denial takes over.

A child predator posing as a Rabbi. There is nothing new under the sun.

January 03, 2010 9:26 PM  

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