Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Brooklyn Rabbi Samuel Waldman Hit With Child Pornography Charge

 "At a minimum, 40 percent of those who view child pornography end up molesting children as a result," DeWine said. "At least 40 percent, some estimates as high as 80 percent."

Brooklyn Rabbi Samuel Waldman Hit With Child Pornography Charge


Teacher at Girls School Admits Downloading Flicks

  A Brooklyn rabbi was charged with downloading child pornography after federal agents caught him in a sting, authorities said.

Samuel Waldman, 52, a teacher at a Jewish girls seminary, faces a possible five years in prison after he admitted downloading at least three short films depicting young boys and girls engaging in sex acts.

“Samuel Waldman’s position of trust in the community, as both a rabbi and a teacher, makes his alleged distribution of child pornography all the more disturbing,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Waldman is charged with one count of transporting or distributing child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Agents went to Waldman’s home in the Kensington section, where he admitted obtaining the films from sharing sites, agents said in court papers. The rabbi said he has watched child pornography for several years on his computer, the agents claimed.

One video depicted young girls performing oral sex on men and being raped, court papers revealed. Another showed a young boy masturbating for the camera while a third showed an adult fondling a prepubescent boy.

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Yankel Applegrad said...

'AT NO TIME' was there any molestation in Torah Temimah but I can admit there was on my eidim Shmuel's internet downloads because my daughter is mad at him.

Yudi Kolko said...

I hope Yankel's daughter doesn't get mad at me!

CBS 2 said...


The Feds knew on their own that Waldman was sharing illegal porn with others. When they showed up at Waldman's house after tracing his computer, his wife admitted she knows about it, just as he himself admitted during questioning that he has been watching the stuff for years.

So was Applegrad's daughter upset with her husband or is she a blabbermouth nutcase?

Anonymous said...

The complaint doesn't say that his wife turned him in. She is denominated "Witness-1" because she admitted that Waldman lived there, nothing more. He himself admitted that he was downloading the material. You're dealing with suffering and distraught people here, if not the accused, his family. Please be more careful and try not to grind the knife.

Martin Elly Kleinman wants your prostate said...

What a loser this Shmuel Waldman dope is, he should have kept his mouth shut, plead the fifth don't these guys know anything about how American law is there to be used for yourself? He should've called me first, and I would've shown him step by step how to deny everything, change the subject, spin the story, talk about the Holocaust or wax lyrical about about Kiruv and his nice wife and good kids, and get to keep his wife and life. Now he goes to jail while I know how to just keep on rollin' along...

UOJ said...

"Anonymous said...
The complaint doesn't say that his wife turned him in".

The Complaint does not say a lot of things!

Martin Elly Kleinman wants your prostate said...

Poor naive Shmuel Waldman.

You can tell he has a conscience.

Deep down he feels he is really a "good boy" who wants to have a little frisky fun, just a little out of control.

He feels guilty, dirty and ashamed of himself and that's why he fessed up when the feds showed up, not even an FBI man or a NYC cop, but some dude from Homeland Security who should have been kept outside until Waldman could call a lawyer, any lawyer, even a dogcatcher lawyer, maybe psychologically he self-destructed and even wanted to be caught in the end, like some self-afflicted out of control porn addict...but this ain't the way a honcho like Elly Kleinman would do it.

No way!

Deny, bluff, shut up, stonewall, know your rights and always, always, dial a lawyer, any lawyer, the Aguda crowd can quietly help with pro bono lawyers for rabbis in trouble if need.

Look at how Ben Brafman got that Jewish French macher off the hook for raping the maid in a fancy hotel.

How about OJ Simpson, look how he got away with murder thanks to his lawyers.

In America it's all about the lawyers, your fate is in their hands in the end.

What a shmuk this Waldman is.

Any idiot knows that in America when the law shows up at your front door, keep quiet and CALL A LAWYER, any lawyer, or ask for legal help, even mass murderers get free legal help from legal aid societies.

Shmuel the naive Shmendrik de luxe.

Dr. Bungalow Putz Neuhoff said...

I am against peer to peer kiddie porn of any kind. But the fact that Maran R' Israel Belsky worked on the manuscript of Horav Waldman's sefer is already proof that some troublemaker is instigating this whole thing like every other scurrilous charge made against Maran and his nunter yedidim.

Martin Elly Kleinman wants your prostate said...

Not only can a macher get away with crime but he can even get legally certified to keep on going.

Unlike pishers like Waldman who don't know the first thing about how to work over the system and make it your friend.

In America you are innocent until proven guilty and even if you are guilty you remain innocent.

A big question here is why Homeland Security is watching petty pornography addicts and not running after the big time terrorists planning the destruction on America? When did the DA last announce the capture of some minor Al Quida operatives in NYC? But that is another question.

That's how Elly Kleinmann does things, he talks about the Holocaust and how millions of people could get annihilated.

While we are thinking of 6 Jews million getting wiped out...Elly Kleinman sneaks off to play.

For now, Waldman makes himself available because he is just a big shmuk.

Leopold Margulies said...

I need dis crrap like a loch in kop.

Dis is going to brring too much attention to Toyrreh Tmimah by association.

Yankel betterr hirre Brrafman to make dis go avay, even if I have to deduct da rretainerr fin zein paycheck.

Yossi Kolko said...

I know you guys are enjoying this but don't hold your breath.

All Waldman has to do is stall, change lawyers 5 times, withdraw his plea and then appeal, and it should take about a decade until we know what the result of these charges is.

Moish Finkel said...

My mechutan Rabbi Applegrad informs he is skeptical of the governments allegations here. For one thing, the hashgocho on the internet filter at the Waldman residence is from a rabbi affiliated with the impeccable hashgocho I was under when I was selling fleish.

Red Alert said...

A NY Daily News reporter managed to get a brief on the spot interview with Waldman. Waldman said that he got a special dispensation from the judge to continue teaching at the girls seminary that he declined to identify.

Does anyone know which seminary that is and why they haven't suspended him?

Waldman pointed out to the reporter that he is essentially now a real estate agent who happens to teach a little. (When was the last time anyone heard by the way of a yeshivishe mashgiach ruchni becoming an agent in the slimiest of professions after used car sales?. He was mashgiach at Belle Harbor.)

Waldman denied to the reporter sharing porn with anyone. He refused to answer when asked if he downloaded for personal use or watched himself.

Leopold Margulies said...

Valdman, vus rredst dee azoy feel? Shut da hell up alrready!

UOJ said...



Anonymous said...

That Google Plus link is for Shalshelet / Shalsheles Bais Yaakov in Boro Park which if I think caters to Russians & other kiruv cases.

Shalhevet is a modern orthodox school in the 5 Towns run by the eccentric Meir Zev Friedman.

Bungalow Yenta said...

Does Waldman go to Regency and/or have a summer shteller in Silver Lake?

lakewood resident said...

Moshe Finkel from Shevach Treife Chicken of Monsey, N.Y. has an Uncle in Lakewood whos name is Rabbi Gavriel Finkel.

Rabbi Gavriel Finkel heads Bais Din Vaad Hadayonim In Lakewood, and Runs The Kcl Kashrus in Lakewood which are under the Direct auspecies of BMG and his Nephew Rav Malkiel Kotler

Rabbi Gavriel Finkel is also an uncle of Rav Malkiel Kotler (Gavriel Finkels Sister "Mrs. Rivka Tikotzky nee: Finkel is Rav Malkiel Kotlers Mother-in- law she is married to Rabbi Zev Tikotzky)

Rabbi Gavriel Finkel himself is maried to "Miriam" the sister of Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Bursztyn from the Lakewood Mesivta, which makes Rabbi Gavriel Finkel a Brother-in-law and Uncle to all the Bursztyns in Lakewood who make good use of Uncle Gavriels Bais Din

Is there a tort in the offing? said...

Aren't certain victims forced into child porn suing all these creeps arrested by Homeland Security for damages based on evidence of which films were watched?

There is precedent for this in halacha as well. The Alshich Hakadosh learns that recipients of certain avonos are just as bad or sometimes even worse than the avaryanim themselves because if they wouldn't make themselves available as recipients there would be no market for the avaryanim to offer up.

Aron "Tort Putz" Twerski said...

Did someone call my name?

Oh of course! We will have to make another assifah at YTT with Ohel CEO David Mandel to pretend we are being proactive against child molestation / child porn.

A Krank vee Kranczer said...

Tikotzky & Kranczer are also mechutonim. The Kranczers being the serial molester & incest bunch of fugitives resumed to be hiding somewhere in Israel.

Anonymous said...

Not to downplay what a huge sicko Waldman is but there may be something to his denial of not "sharing" porn. The govt sometimes uses a very creative interpretation of what constitutes "sharing" in order to increase punishment for pedophiles. Some of these losers have no idea even that anyone but themselves can access the downloads.

There is precedent in halacha for this as well. The din stated in Rambam is that in order to further punish a boel Aramis, the Torah creates out of nowhere an onesh karaiss.

Rambam elucidated said...

The Torah creates an issur niddah out of nowhere. And attached to that is the oynesh.

Boor-o Park said...

A British newspaper is reporting that Waldman works at Bais Yaakov of Boro Park's Beth Jacob Teachers Seminary division which is located at the same building on 15th Ave.


Not the first controversy for the school.

Anonymous said...


Waldman calls himself foremost a "hard money broker" who is looking for lenders to hook up with.

He used to work for Meridian and currently works as a real estate agent for Gold Realty which is probably the same as Jacob Gold Realty.

He is also PR director for Zion orphanage established in Israel in 1900. It is owned by Rabbi Boruch Rakovsky, ancestor of the founder.

It is inappropriate if anyone involved in taking advantage of children in the worst way, is paid to promote disadvantaged children, so we expect UOJ to do what he does best :o)

Oddly enough, the director of Zion orphanage in America seems to be a Rabbi Dr. Elihu Yechiel Simon, a YU grad who spent his whole life since the 1950s in Conservative pulpits. Even more strange is that National Council of Young Israel recently made Simon the head of their search committee for shul rabbonim.

And the menahel of OU gerus in the Southeast proudly promotes himself as a talmid of Simon.

East 8th St said...

Hard to keep track of all the Federal raids in Kensington these days. Mendel Epstein, Belsky, Waldman. Who else?

Ocean Parkway said...

We are still waiting for the BIG RAID at # 555, which is also in Kensington.

Tell Margo to keep the roof access open.

Tweedle Dumb said...

Waldman looks really stupid, like he doesn't have a clue on how to handle the reporters following him around.

The gedolei Eretz Yisroel agav poskened on Tropper that any normal person accused of serious menuvolkeit would deny it if innocent and since Tropper did not deny it, we can assume he is guilty. Tropper then hastily denied it at which point the Badatz had a Hollywood-grade a/v lab authenticate the surveillance tapes.

Notice how Waldman denies he shared porn but will not deny watching it himself.

Anonymous said...

There are two Yankel Applegrads who are seemingly related but this is not the family of the YTT one.

Anonymous said...

He was my 7th grade rebbe at Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY. This was at the time his book was being published. He was a very proud energetic michanech and I was always delighted to have had him as an educator. He never played with me or my friends or watched us in a bathroom or anything of that sort... and I would know, I was the hot one of the bunch. He didnt stare at us when we changed or as we sweat playing sports. He was a true rebbe and all I have to say is that it is a computer in a house with others. I dunno about you but everyone has access to my computer at home guests, family parents in laws and all...