(JTA) — A New Jersey rabbi, who was already registered as a sex offender, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl.
Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 37, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, also will have to undergo a year of supervised release. The sentence was announced on Wednesday. Two Bronx residents were also involved in the prostitution ring: Richard Ortiz, who was sentenced to 96 months in prison and Gabriella Colon, who is to be sentenced later this month.
Goodman had pleaded guilty to a charge of interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise,CBS New York reported Friday.
Goodman met the teen at the hotel on Feb. 1, 2018 and paid to have sex with her after answering an online advertisement for the girl, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. He turned himself in nearly a week later to the East Brunswick Police Department while accompanied by his attorney.
Rabbi Goodman has been affiliated with the Chai Hebrew School in East Brunswick. His father, Baruch Goodman, heads the Chabad House at Rutgers University in New Brunswick,
Goodman is registered as a Tier 3, or high-risk sex offender, following a conviction in 2015 on two counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of 13 for acts while he was a counselor at Camp Menachem in Pennsylvania in 2001