A rabbi and registered sex offender has admitted he paid to have sex with a 17-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution and trafficked by a New York couple.
Aryeh Goodman, 35, remains on house arrest after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Trenton Friday. Under the plea agreement, he is expected to be sentenced to a year and a half in prison and a year of supervised release, according to court records.
The rabbi, who previously did time in prison for indecent assault on a child in Pennsylvania, ran a religious learning center out of his East Brunswick home.
In February of 2018, police discovered that a Bronx couple had forced a 17-year-old girl to have sex with 30 men over the course of a month in hotels in Middlesex, Bergen and Essex counties, using the proceeds to buy a Jaguar car, according to court records. Goodman was one of the “Johns” who paid for sex.
Gabriella Colon, 19, and Richard “Ace” Ortiz, 23, have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking but have yet to be sentenced.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that the couple knew the victim and coerced her to work for their prostitution business. They took illicit photos of her and posted them on a website to advertise sexual services, and that’s where Goodman came across them.