Saturday, February 16, 2013
New York: A rabbi has been arrested after sending sexually explicit messages online to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl and arranging to meet her in Queens for sex, the district attorney’s office has said
Instead, a New York police detective had impersonated the girl, the authorities said. The rabbi, Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, of Brooklyn, has been arrested. He was charged with four sexual offenses, including attempted rape, the Queens district attorney’s office said in a statement. “It is disturbing that a man who is supposed to be held in high esteem by the community in which he lives would allegedly try to lure a child to meet him for sex,” the district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said. Rabbi Rabinowich runs a tour company and a synagogue from his home in the Midwood section, according to the statement. He exchanged online messages, some sexually graphic, with the detective in December 2012 and February 2013, the statement said. The rabbi has been arraigned and bail was set at $50,000, a spokeswoman for Brown’s office said. He is scheduled to appear in court again on March 7, 2013.