Brooklyn rabbi, teacher Samuel Waldman arrested in child pornography case
BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn rabbi and teacher at a girls seminary has been arrested for alleged distribution of child pornography.
According to prosecutors, 52-year-old Samuel Waldman, of Kensington, is accused of distributing the illegal material over the Internet by enabling others to download videos that show minors engaged in sexual acts.
News 12 was first to speak with Waldman following the arrest. He said the accusations are false and hurtful.
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Authorities say they established a connection to Waldman's computer back in November, and were able to download several videos that he allegedly made available through file sharing software, which include clips of children as young as 4 years old.
Officials also say that Waldman admitted to having the pornographic files, and told them that he typically keeps them on his computer for a couple of days before deleting them.
Waldman faces up to 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if convicted. He was released from custody on $100,000 bond.
For interview with Samuel Waldman, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.