2013-01-03 / Front Page

E.B. rabbi arrested following accusation

By James McEvoy

EAST BRUNSWICK — Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, director of the East Brunswick Chabad, has been arrested by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a Pennsylvania State Police report obtained by Greater Media Newspapers, a male told authorities in the summer of 2012 that he had been assaulted by Goodman, 30, while he was attending Camp Menachem in Lackawaxen Township, Pike County, Pa., in 2001. Goodman was a counselor at the camp.

The police report describes the nature of the allegation as an “indecent assault.”

Subsequent to obtaining the police report, Greater Media Newspapers obtained an affidavit of probable cause from the Pike County, Pa., District Attorney’s Office. The affidavit describes details of the alleged assault at the camp. The affidavit indicates that the person who made the complaint against Goodman in 2012 was 12 years old when he attended camp in 2001.

An arrest warrant was issued for Goodman on Jan. 3 and he was taken into custody by officers from the sheriff’s office on Jan. 4. As of Jan. 8, Goodman remained incarcerated at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center, North Brunswick, and was awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott said she could not say whether her office would be investigating Goodman.

The East Brunswick Chabad is a local Jewish outreach and educational group and Hebrew school.
In October 2011, the Chabad organization entered into a lease agreement with the township to lease the former McGinnis School on Hardenburg Lane and transform the former school into a community education center.

A woman who answered the phone at the community education center this week said the organization had no comment.

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