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Rabbi who sent explicit photos to someone he thought was only 16 on Grindr has pleaded guilty

Aryeh Cohen was arrested during a sex trafficking sting earlier this year

2018-11-13

Words: Steve Brown

A rabbi who sent explicit photos to someone claiming to be a 16-year-old boy on Grindr has pleaded guilty.

Aryeh Cohen, 44, from Minneapolis, was arrested in a sex trafficking sting earlier this year when he started a conversation back in February with someone, he believed to be a young teenage boy, the Star Tribune reported.

However, his conversation was actually with a law enforcement officer and allegedly told Cohen he was only a minor, but the rabbi replied: “It’s a little illegal” before describing sexual acts.

The two arranged to meet and it was there he was arrested by authorities in the car park, according to the court files.

Cohen allegedly told police, “I sort of deserve it” while being arrested.

At the time, he was working as a rabbi and youth outreach director at the Minneapolis Community Kollel.

Cohen has been charged with one count of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct through electronic communication, and one count of engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child.

Now, the 44-year-old rabbi entered his guilty plea and is expected to be sentenced in January, KSTP reported.