A Brooklyn high school teacher allegedly requested and received nude photos and videos from at least four minors after contacting hundreds of children and teens over Facebook, according to the Department of Justice.
Police arrested Jonathan Deutsch, a teacher at Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, Wednesday on five charges of sexually exploiting children. (RELATED: A New York Diocese Is Paying Out One Of The Largest Settlements For Sexual Abuse In Catholic Church History)
“As alleged, Jonathan Deutsch, a Brooklyn high school teacher, solicited and received sexually explicit material from minors he contacted on Facebook,” U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District Richard Donoghue said in a statement.
“Our children deserve to grow up in a world where they don’t have to face overcoming the horrors and scars of sexual abuse,” FBI assistant director-in-charge William Sweeney said in a statement. “The fact that this suspect was a teacher makes this crime even more egregious.”
Deutsch spent long hours surfing Facebook identifying potential targets by looking at their posted photos. He contacted the victims over Facebook Messenger and asked for sexually explicit photos and videos, at times sending nudes shots he would claim to be of himself in exchange, according to the DOJ.
The FBI New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, a joint-office staffed by investigators with the FBI and New York City Police Department, recommended charges be brought against Deutsch.
The charges against Deutsch follow a day after the Brooklyn Diocese of the Catholic Church reached a historic settlement with four boys raped for years by a teacher at the now-closed St. Lucy-St. Patrick Catholic Church in Clinton Hill.
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