Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, was charged Wednesday when he showed up to have sex with who he thought was a girl he had been communicating with for months. He was released Thursday night after making bail following attempted rape charges.
A Brooklyn rabbi and travel guide exchanged sexually explicit online messages with an undercover cop he thought was a 14-year-old girl, then set up a date with her in Queens, prosecutors charged Thursday.
Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, was arrested Wednesday night when he showed up for the pervy rendezvous, police said. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted of attempted rape and other counts.
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“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,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Rabinowich was released Thursday night after making $25,000 bail.
“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,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said of Rabbi Rabinowich.
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“He’s innocent until proven guilty,” said his lawyer, Israel Fried, noting that observers may rush to judgment in the wake of the recent molestation conviction of Hasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman.
The rabbi holds services and runs his Jewish Heritage Tours out of his Sheepshead Bay home, authorities said.
“Wow, he seemed nice. Just normal,” neighbor David Abel said Thursday.
Sex sting: Rabbi wanted to meet 14-year-old girl, cops say
NEW YORK — A Brooklyn rabbi is being accused of trying to lure an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl to meet for sex.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office says Nathan David Rabinowich was arrested Wednesday after he showed up at a pre-arranged meeting in Queens.
He’s being held pending arraignment on charges of attempted rape, attempted criminal sexual act and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. A telephone message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.
Authorities say the 59-year-old rabbi, who also operates a tour business, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.