November 18, 2005

D.C. rabbi quits after reported sex sting

Cleveland Jewish News


An official with an educational program for Jewish high school students has resigned after allegedly searching the Internet for liaisons with underage boys and sending naked pictures of himself.

Rabbi David Kaye resigned from Panim on Oct. 31, several days before being featured on “Dateline NBC” seeking a sexual encounter with an underage boy he met in a chat room.

“He told me he was going to be on a program on national TV that would identify him engaging in inappropriate behavior,” said Rabbi Sid Schwarz, founder and president of Washington-based Panim: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values.

Panim has never received a complaint against Kaye, and he is not accused of doing anything wrong in relation to his work there. But the incident is likely to revive concerns about the possibility of sexual misconduct between rabbis and other Jewish officials who have contact with minors.

Posted by kshaw at November 18, 2005 10:24 AM