The US Attorney for the Southern District of NY announced the arrest of fifty-two-year-old Rabbi Samuel (Shmuel) Waldman for distributing child pornography on Wednesday, March 5th. Waldman, described by the US DOJ press release as a “rabbi and teacher at a girl’s seminary” works at Bais Yaacov in Boro Park.
According to the indictment, the files handled by Waldman included scenes where a four-year-old girl performed oral sex on a male, and a girl was vaginally and anally penetrated as well as footage of a per-pubescent boy being masturbated.
Rabbi Shmuel Waldman is the author of the book Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Convincing Evidence of the Truths of Judaism (Feldheim, 2005 with editing by Yaakov Astor). It comes with approbations by Rabbi Yisroel Belsky of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, Rabbi Matisyahu Solomon of BMG in Lakewood and Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky of the Yeshiva of Philadelphia. (See On the Main Line for a critique of the book as scientifically illiterate or dishonest)
Sources close to me have seen Rabbi Waldman lecturing in other schools and in camps.
News 12 of metro NY has video footage of Shmuel Waldman denying the allegations (in spite of the fact that the indictment claims he admitting handling those files). He says he will keep on working his job at his school. I can only hope his school has already suspended him. He finally ends his interview begging off to go to shul.
Update: In an earlier version of this post I erred in stating that Waldman is the son-in-law of a certain administrator involved in sex abuse cover-ups. I had the name of the father-in-law correct but it turns out there are two individuals with the exact same name who lived in Flatbush. At this point I see no reason to name the father-law since I have no reason to suspect of him of either collusion in his son-in-law’s alleged kiddie porn activities or collusion in sex abuse cover ups. Thus I have dropped all references to him and deleted all comments referring to him by name. I thank my readers who pressed the issue and got me to see I made a mistake.