David Kaye is a Maryland rabbi sentenced to more than six years in prison. Kaye tried to return to his synagogue after he was released from prison to pray there, but was shunned and told to find a new synagogue. The people from his community are “saddened and disturbed by the course of events” in the community of Har Shalom on the Potomac, where Kaye has been Rabbi for 16 years.
David’s peers on accusations
Agudas Achimer Parish Rabbi Jack Moline, a longtime friend of Kaye’s, said he was concerned about the sentence and the vigilance with which Kaye was caught. Coercion and the lure of traveling with the intention of engaging in unauthorized sexual contact with a minor that David Kaye produced were shown on Television.
David Kaye’s prison time
Kaye was sentenced to 78 months in prison and 10 years supervised release. David Kaye was convicted in December 2006 and released in 2018 January for failing to register as a sex offender and using the internet to view pornographic images without prior permission and committing pedophilia. Because Kaye had told “egregious lies under oath.”
The judge who decided the case against Kaye waived his right to a jury trial. Rabbi David Kaye knew he was in trouble when he told NBC correspondent Chris Hansen that he had been confronted on camera during a trip to Herndon House in August 2005, according to U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.
How David committed the crime
On August 17th, 2005, former Potomac Rabbi David A. Kaye traveled across the river to meet a 13-year-old boy at a house in Herndon, Va., that he was to use in a cooperative collaboration with NBC Dateline and the group Perverted Justice, according to court documents. The offence committed by him involved online or electronic communication, through which he enticed and persuaded a 13-year-old young boy named “Conrad” to engage in unlawful sexual acts with him. The records did not indicate that the victim and offender knew each other for a long time and that the crime committed had happened one time. David Kaye also revealed in court that he used to meet other men prior to his online escapades.
Consequences faced by David Kaye
David Kaye is no longer allowed to pray at a synagogue in suburban Washington. As a result, the judge rejected a defense motion to reduce the sentence based on Kaye’s acceptance of responsibility for the crime. The judge ruled that David Kaye had committed perjury by testifying that she went to the house in Herndon expecting to meet young adults. When Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen asked Kaye what a man of God would have done to meet a 13-year-old boy, Kaye replied: “No man is a god.” Rabbi David Arnold Kaye’s case was the first time a religious figure spoke out.
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