May 21, 2006

Former Rockville Rabbi Charged In Child Sex Sting


A rabbi was charged with traveling across state lines to engage in sex acts with a 13-year-old boy after being caught in a nationally televised sting operation.

David Kaye, 56, of Rockville, Md., made an initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court on charges of coercion and enticement and travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual contact with a minor. He was detained pending a detention hearing Monday.

Kaye did not speak during Friday's hearing and his lawyer declined comment.

Kaye resigned from his position as vice president of Rockville-based PANIM: the Institute for Jewish Leaders and Values, in the wake of the sting.

In November, NBC's "Dateline" program ran a sting operation in northern Virginia in conjunction with an Internet watchdog group called Perverted Justice. Kaye was one of 19 people who showed up at a Herndon, Va., home after chatting online with individuals they believed to be underage boys and girls.

Posted by kshaw at May 21, 2006 06:46 AM