Brooklyn Teacher Forced Children to Undress on Camera and Drink Their Own Urine
BROOKLYN — September 22, 2018
The courts have denied bail to a Brooklyn high school teacher who was arrested Wednesday on federal accusations of making child pornography and using Facebook to lure his alleged victims.
According to the court date, it was the second time in less than a year that English and theater arts teacher Jonathan Deutsch, 34, had been arrested on child porn-related charges.
Deutsch taught at the highly-selective Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences in Manhattan Beach.
Last time, in December, the case was eventually dropped by local prosecutors in Brooklyn due to lack of evidence.
This time, Federal investigators found Deutsch had "contacted hundreds of apparent minors on Facebook in an effort to identify potential victims." It is still unclear why the last time the man got off so easily and the investigators did not notice the obvious.
Ultimately, Deutsch "had communications of a sexual nature with at least 45 of those individuals,” according to a prosecutor's report against him.
According to the memorandum, Deutsch repeatedly convinced victims as young as ten and as old as 16 to send him videos and photos of them exposing their genitalia and sometimes stimulating their private areas.
He also had victims record videos of them urinating, and had a child record herself drinking her own urine at his urging, among many other obscene acts.
The investigation also revealed that Deutsch posing online as a 14-year-old said one of the victims that "he had previously dated an 8-year-old girl and he had a 35-year-old brother who also wanted to have sex with [a victim identified as] Jane Doe 3." It turned out that 'Jane Doe 3' was 10-years-old.
Deutsch lives just east of Ocean Parkway in Coney Island in a high rise that's next to a playground and around the corner from Rachel Carson High School.
His neighbors reacted with shock. His neighbors noted that they didn't notice anything strange about the man, only noting that he was always very kind and friendly.
"He was always quiet," said a current resident of the building that he'd only seen Deutsch in the building's elevator, "and I never saw him with anyone else. He kept to himself."
A woman who said she'd recently moved from his building echoed that concern.
"It's sad," she said, "but you never know. You live next to the nicest person, but you never know what's in his head."
Deutsch has also taught at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Tech High School and Gramercy Arts High School in Manhattan.
None of the children that he allegedly victimized in the federal complaint were students of his at his current school, Leon M. Goldstein High School. The charges only apply to those children whom he had found via the Internet.
Deutsch's father, a retired New York City corrections officer, was in court on Wednesday afternoon, as the accusations against his son were spelled out in detail.
At one point, the father put his head into his hands and bent over in his seat.
In the end, the judge granted the prosecution's request for a permanent order of detention against Jonathan Deutsch. He will remain behind bars until his trial is finished. No date has yet been set for his trial. He could be sentenced from 15 to 30 years in prison on each count if he's found guilty.