Rabbi arrested in ‘To Catch a Predator’-style bust

Posted at 11:05 PM, Feb 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-15 12:39:14-05

Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowich and a criminal defense attorney hurriedly walked out of the Queens County courthouse Thursday.  Police say the 59-year-old Brooklyn based rabbi thought he was sending sexually explicit instant messages to a 14-year old girl in December and then again over the last two weeks.

It turns out that girl was really an undercover NYPD vice detective.

Investigators say Rabbi Rabinowich used two AOL screen names…”NYC-NORMAL100″ and “NORMALGENTNYC”.

He was arrested last night when he left his Brooklyn home and showed up in Queens to meet with the would be 14-year old.

Rabinowich is faces attempted rape, and two other luring related charges. If convicted, the rabbi faces up to four years in prison. He’s due back in court on march 7th.