The following article (hat tip Daas Torah) appeared regarding a B’nei Akiva person who learned for two years in Yeshivat Hakotel. The illness/proclivity/predilection to either abuse of children or child pornography knows no boundaries. Some smug individuals have assumed that it appears to be mainly a Charedi manifestation. From my perspective, the only significance to the Charedi manifestation is that they are more likely to get away with it due to the cocoon.
I can only hope that this person only looked at images and no more. At least from my perspective, that’s orders of magnitude less than full on abuse.
The FBI announced today the arrest of Evan Zauder for possessing child pornography.
26-year-old Evan Zauder is a Dual Masters student and a Jim Joseph Fellow in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU. After high school graduation from CHAT in Toronto, Canada, he went on for two years of study at the renowned Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem’s Old City. He continued his education at Yeshiva University, achieving a BA in Political Science and a minor in Hebrew Language.
Upon his arrival in New York, he began working for Bnei Akiva of New York as a Regional Director, and quickly moved his way up the ranks at Bnei Akiva to director of the In-School Programming division. He is the Director of Youth Programming at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and he spends his summers working for Bnei Akiva of North America, most recently directing a post-tenth grade summer program in Israel. Evan is also founding and current Director of the Yeshivat HaKotel Alumni Association of America.
According to the complaint, Zauder possessed child pornography that had been downloaded from the Internet and saved onto his computer. During a search of Zauder’s residence conducted on Monday, May 1, 2012, a computer containing hundreds of images and videos of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct was seized.
Zauder is charged with one count of possessing child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As a teacher, Evan Zauder was supposed to help children not, as alleged, contribute to their xploitation. Protecting children from harm is an important priority shared by our Office and the FBI, and we will continue to work tirelessly to
pursue and prosecute individuals who prey on the innocent.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice Fedarcyk stated: “The FBI remains committed to protecting children from exploitation. The market for child pornography creates demand for production of images, and every photo and video is a record of abuse