A New Jersey rabbi was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl.
Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 37, of East Brunswick. Goodman had pleaded guilty to a charge of interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise, WCBS-New York reported Friday.
According to officials, Ortiz and Gabriella Colon recruited and enticed a 17-year-old girl into prostitution in 2018, and Goodman answered an online advertisement for the girl.
Goodman admitted he went to an East Brunswick motel to meet the girl and paid Ortiz and Colon to engage in sexual activities with her.
Goodman met the teen at a hotel on Feb. 1, 2018, and paid to have sex with her after answering an online advertisement for the girl, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. He turned himself in nearly a week later to the East Brunswick Police Department while accompanied by his attorney.
At the time of his arrest, Goodman was running a religious learning center out of his East Brunswick home. He was previously arrested in 2013 for making sexual contact with a boy at a youth camp.
Goodman is registered as a Tier 3, or high-risk sex offender, after being arrested in 2013 for molesting a youth while serving as a camp counselor in 2001. He accepted a plea deal and served prison time for that incident.