A former Minnesota rabbi who pleaded guilty to sexting an underage boy on Grindr was sentenced on Wednesday (16 January).
A Ramsey County district judge handed down a two-day jail sentence to Aryeh Leiv Cohen, following by three years supervised probation. Cohen will serve his time in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility.
Cohen, 44, pleaded guilty in November.
He was formerly a rabbi and youth outreach worker at the Minneapolis Community Kollel, a Jewish learning center in the suburb of St. Louis Park.
Following his arrest and guilty plea, the center relieved him of his duties.
A successful sting operation
Cohen was initially caught in a successful sting operation led by the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, which originally began last January.
Over the course of the operation, agents and officers posed as underage people seeking companionship online.
Cohen contacted one of the people. Even as the ‘boy’ revealed he would turn 16 in August, Cohen continued conversing with him, suggesting they exchange photos and meet up.
According to records, Cohen eventually did send an explicit photo of himself and used other explicit language.
When Cohen went to meet with the ‘boy’ last February, authorities arrested him. When that happened, he allegedly said: ‘I sort of deserve it.’
The minimal jail sentence is conditional upon a successful probation.