A former rabbi who pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child was sentenced yesterday in Ramsey County Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
44-year-old Aryeh Leiv Cohen’s legal troubles first began in February 2018 when he struck up a conversation someone claiming to be 16-year-old boy on Grindr.
Little did he know, Cohen, who worked as a rabbi and youth outreach director at Minneapolis Community Kollel, was actually communicating with an undercover agent.
During their chats, the agent mentioned that he was underage, to which Cohen replied, “It’s a little illegal” before describing all the graphic sex acts he would like to perform on the youth then sending naked pictures of himself.
The two eventually arranged a meetup at Cohen’s apartment. When police arrived at his front door to arrest him, Cohen told them, “I sort of deserve it.”
In November, Cohen pled guilty to one count of engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child.
This week, a judge sentenced Cohen to two days in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility followed by three years probation.
After his arrest last year, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Community Kollel where Cohen worked issued a statement saying, “The Kollel is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our students, staff, and broader community and we hope and pray for healing and wellness for all who have been or may be affected during this troubling and difficult time.”