N.J. Yeshiva Teacher, Formerly Youth Leader, Charged With Having Child Pornography
05/04/12
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A Jewish educator elementary school teacher in the New York area has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

Evan Zauder, a sixth grade teacher at the Modern Orthodox school Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, N.J., was arrested after the FBI reportedly raided his Manhattan department and discovered on his computer hundreds of images and videos of boys engaged in sex acts. His bail hearing is set for Friday. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The Forward reported that Rabbi Chaim Hagler, principal of Yeshivat Noam, was unavailable for comment, but issued a statement to parents May 2 stating that the school had "no reason to believe that any of our students are in any way involved or directly affected."

Zauder is also a rabbinical student at Yeshiva University. The Forward quoted Y.U.'s spokesman, Mayer Fertig, as saying that he was "saddened and dismayed" by the charges.

Following the news of Zauder's arrest, Rabbi Shaul Feldman, director of the U.S. and Canadian wing of the Orthodox youth movement Bnei Akiva, issued a mass email message to parents informing them about the arrest and Zauder's stint the past two summers as a head counselor on the organizartion's Israel summer tour. "We learned of this arrest in the news and have not been contacted by the authorities," Feldman said. "This arrest is not related to his employment at Bnei Akiva and we have no reason to believe any inappropriate behavior occurred while he was employed in any of our programs or camps."

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05/07/2012 - 17:49

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r u serious. he teaches young boys, oversees camps out of the country and this does not affect students.GET real.

Unfortunate as it is that Zauder was allegedly engaged in sexual crime, it is unfortunate that Rabbi Feldman's announcement was ingenuously defensive if it went no further than what was reported in this article. There is certainly reason to suspect (if not to "believe") that boys under Zauder's care were victimized by "inappropriate behavior." A more adequate communication to parents would help them enable their children to report any such incidents they know of and would, at least, point parents toward resources for handling the situation with their children. The children will have learned of the allegations and need to deal with the implications. It is not enough to brush this off as "no reason to believe."

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