The longer a pedophile is in jail the safer our kids and community. The only effective mechanism I have seen for protecting or monitoring pedophiles and keeping children safe from them is prison. When Evan Zauder reemerges from prison a decade from now much of his current support system have moved, aged or died.
Once the constraints of prison are gone Evan will almost certainly go back to his old patterns and preys on minors. In a decade memories will have faded and Evan will likely reestablish himself anonymously in a Jewish community. As there is no organization in our community that monitors and warns the community of people like Evan, we will once again be in danger. That`s the scenario I see again and again once the initial publicity dies down after 10 years. People like Evan are normally manipulative and pathological.
Evan is a native of Toronto, Canada so he will likely be able to avoid the public sex abuse registry requirements and publicity by simply moving back to Canada. Chisdai Ben-Porat of Ottawa (son of Rabbi Ben-Porat, dean of Ottawa Torah Institute Yeshiva High School and of Machon Sarah High School for girls) will do the same once he is released from jail in a few years. How many of you still remember alleged and convicted child molesters like Tuvya Rokach (son of Rabbi Rokach, principal of Associated Hebrew Schools at the time) returned from Monsey to Toronto and then reportedly fled again to California), Shlomit Acciaroli (Hamilton), Haim Cohen (Toronto), Cantor Alain Oziel (Toronto), Mashgiach David Douglas Webber (Edmonton and Calgary), Rabbi Ephraim Bryks (Winnipeg) or those involved in child pornography like Leeore Batshaw (Winnipeg), Vitaly Levshi (Toronto), Director of Kashruth Gary Dolovich (Winnipeg), and Rabbi Juda Mintz (Kingston).
Don`t worry about Evan`s parnasah, alleged pedophiles in Toronto have parnasah for life. Just ask Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum how he fared for decades after he was finally removed from Eitz Chaim and the Agudah camps.
There are only limited public sex abuse registries in Canada almost none in the major Jewish centers.
But perhaps with the upcoming 3 trials of alleged Orthodox pedophiles Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum (Eitz Chaim, Toronto Jewish Boy`s Choir, Camp Agudah), Harvey Erlich (Hillel) and Martin Hyman (Humber Regional Hospital) and the trial of alleged child pornography aficionado Benjamin Levin (politically connected and possibly the most senior Jewish civil servant in recent Canadian history, Levin attacked background checks for those working with children in a journal article he authored), we will get a sense of how our neighbor to the North has produced such imports as Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum (returned to Toronto after allegations in the US decades ago) Evan Zauder, Tuvya Rokach and Chisdai Ben-Porat.
I do think it is very important that the sentencing letters by made public. Marvin E. Schechter, Benjamin Brafman, Kenny Gribetz, Nathan Dershowitz, Alan Dershowitz and other lawyers that represent abusers in our community have to be put on notice that it will be harder to get these letters for sentencing from our leadership. These lawyers need to know they will no longer be able to obtain these letters by not fully informing the writers of the full allegations against their clients. The writers of these letters need to know in advance that their letters will be public and not just seen by the court and that they better inform themselves fully of the charges and the case.
It would be interesting to know how many of the letter writers knew of the full charges in the case. Were there people who refused to write letters? I don`t believe I saw a letter from Paul Shaviv (Evan Zauder`s high school principal now at Ramaz), for example.
Moreover, I think its time to identify the lawyers representing pedophiles in our community and to start monitoring court dockets and publicizing their clients. Let`s shine the light of day on the protective net of those who protect and enable the pedophiles in our community and silence and marginalize their prey. Let`s break the net and clear our community of the rot.