Brooklyn high school teacher found guilty of producing child pornography | USAO-EDNY

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Earlier in the day, following a week-long trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York returned a guilty verdict against Jonathan Deutsch on four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 6 counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. Until his arrest, Deutsch was a teacher at Leon M. Goldstein High School for Science. When convicted by U.S. District Judge Frederic Block, the defendant faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Keechant L. Sewell, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the verdicts.

“Jonathan Deutsch hooked up with young children on the internet and exploited them for his own sexual gratification. His conduct is criminal and deplorable,” the U.S. peace attorney said. “This Office is committed to vigorously prosecuting individuals who sexually exploit children and ensuring that they are brought to justice. Today’s sentencing should remind us once again of the importance of educating our children about the risks of communicating with strangers online.

“As the evidence presented at trial proved, Deutsch groomed children as young as 10 and tricked them into sending explicit photos of themselves in pursuit of his sexual gratification. Parents and guardians are the best line of defense against Deutsch and predators like him.Have a conversation with your children; talk to them about online safety and tell them to seek help whenever they are asked to do something that doesn’t suit them,” assistant manager Driscoll said.

“Trust between teachers and young students is vitally important, and the violation of that trust by criminal predators is truly reprehensible,” NYPD Commissioner Sewell said. “The appalling actions of this defendant remind all parents to closely monitor their child’s online activity, and today’s sentencing further proves that the NYPD and our law enforcement partners do not will never relent in our efforts to keep young people safe.I want to thank the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, the FBI Field Office in New York, and all of the investigators who worked on this important case.

As proved at trial, from 2016 Deutsch joined Facebook groups through which he identified users who appeared on their profiles as minors. Deutsch, using two separate Facebook accounts, messaged the kids with the goal of building a relationship with them. Using one account, he posed as a 33-year-old teacher from New York, and using the other, he posted as a 15-year-old boy. When chatting with children, he showered them with compliments and pretended to be their boyfriend. Deutsch tricked children into engaging in sexually explicit behavior and then sending him videos and photos of that behavior. He also sent sexual photos to minors which he portrayed as being of himself. Ultimately, Deutsch requested and received sexually explicit images or videos from at least four children, ages 10 to 16.

Evidence at trial included testimony from law enforcement witnesses who examined Deutsch’s computer and three of the defendant’s exploited children, as well as evidence of his internet browser history and recordings of Facebook, including its messaging communications with victims and potential victims, as well as its account information.

This lawsuit is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case of the government is handled by the Civil Rights Section of the Bureau. Assistant United States Attorneys Megan E. Farrell and Rachel Shanies are in charge of the prosecution.

The defendant:

Jonathan Deutsch
Age: 38
Brooklyn, New York

EDNY File #18-CR-502 (FB)

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