According to the JTA, Evan Zauder, a sixth grade teacher at the Modern Orthodox school Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, New Jersey, was arrested after an FBI raid of his Manhattan department.
The agents reported finding “hundreds of images and videos of boys engaged in sex acts” on his personal computer.
Zauder faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of $250,000.
The school issued a statememnt saying it had “no reason to believe that any of our students are in any way involved or directly affected.”
Zauder is also a rabbinical student at Yeshiva University. The latter’s spokesman, Mayer Fertig, said the school was “saddened and dismayed” by the charges.
Following the news of Zauder’s arrest, Rabbi Shaul Feldman, who heads the US and Canadian chapter of Bnei Akiva, issued a mass email message to parents informing them about the arrest.
We learned of this arrest in the news and have not been contacted by the authorities,” Feldman said in the email.
“This arrest is not related to his employment at Bnei Akiva and we have no reason to believe any inappropriate behavior occurred while he was employed in any of our programs or camps.”
FBI agents arrested Evan Zauder, 26, on Tuesday, authorities said. During a search of Zauder’s home, federal agents seized a computer that Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said today contained hundreds of images and videos of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Zauder is a teacher at the Yeshivat Noam School in Paramus.
Yeshivat Noam School is a coed pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school with 650 students, according to the school’s website.
“As a teacher, Evan Zauder was supposed to help children not, as alleged, contribute to their exploitation,” Bharara said in the press release. “Protecting children from harm is an important priority shared by our Office and the FBI, and we will continue to work tirelessly to pursue and prosecute individuals who prey on the innocent.”
Janice Fedarcyk, the assistant director-in-charge of the New York office of the FBI, said in the press release: “The FBI remains committed to protecting children from exploitation. The market for child pornography creates demand for production of images, and every photo and video is a record of abuse.”