A rabbi from East Brunswick, New Jersey, was arrested for offering payment in exchange for sex with an underage girl. He was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of engaging in prostitution with a child.
Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution with a child. He turned himself in to the East Brunswick Police Department. Following his arrest Goodman was placed on a curfew home confinement program that included electronic monitoring.
According to the terms of a plea agreement, Goodman faces an 18-month prison sentence followed by a year of supervised release. The original penalty was between 10 years to life in prison.
Goodman is a registered sex offender with a prior sexual assault conviction. He was accused of inappropriately touching a boy while working as a counselor at a Pennsylvania youth camp in 2001.
His current charges stem from a February 2018 incident in which he allegedly responded to an online ad for sex that featured an image of the minor. Goodman then went to a Middlesex County hotel where he paid for sex with a 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl.
However, Goodman’s attorney said the only online ad that his client responded to was for massage services. He never had sex with the minor. When Goodman was eventually approached by police, he claimed he went to the hotel for a massage and had not engaged in any wrongdoing.