In my meeting with him after his arrest he wasn’t in the least bit defensive about his actions.He expressed sincere regret and remorse, wishing that he has the strength to get professional help for his problem before they reached the disastrous proportions that brought him to your courtroom.In light of this expertise and the qualities I saw in Evan when he was my student, I hope that this letter can provide a perspective that can help justice be tempered with mercy when Evan is sentenced.In my interactions with Evan during and after class, what came through most, was his warmth, empathy, concern for others and genuine commitment to serve the community.In 2012, Zauder was arrested for possessing child pornography, and was subsequently found by the US Government to have distributed child pornography as well.He was also found to have engaged in illicit sexual relationships with underage males that involved graphic discussion, mutual masturbation, and oral sex. As stated in a press release issued by the FBI on January 22, 2013, Evan Zauder, a former sixth-grade teacher at a private school in New Jersey, pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and to receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.
Frum men from all walks of life, whether businessmen, professionals, kollel yungerleit, mechanchim, and even rabbanim, have been affected and thereby affect their families.
Discovering the Horrible Secret Whether online pornography, chat rooms, webcams, strip clubs, massage parlor, escort services, or extramarital affairs, many frum women were horrified to discover what their husbands had been up to.
Many times, the wives were completely unaware that their husband was involved in this behavior.
Scientific studies have shown that the wives of sex addicts often display the same signs of post-traumatic stress as survivors of rape and other sexual abuse.
David Cheifetz is a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey.