New Jersey Jewish News has a report on a rabbi, Menachem Chinn, who is being held in the Mercer County Correctional Center for an alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in 2012. Chinn, a teacher at Shalom Torah Academy, was also director of the Twin Rivers chapter of the National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY). NCSY acted promptly and placed Chinn on immediate leave pending the results of the investigation.
NCSY, the youth movement affiliated with the Orthodox Union, immediately placed Chinn on leave pending the results of the investigation. An NCSY New Jersey website that had listed him as “Twin Rivers Director” was taken down some days later. In a statement released shortly thereafter, NCSY wrote that it was “shocked” to learn of the arrest.
“The safety and well-being of NCSY participants is the organization’s utmost priority at all times,” according to the statement. “NCSY has zero tolerance whatsoever for improper or illegal behavior. Toward that end, NCSY maintains robust policies and procedures for its entire staff, including appropriate behavioral standards, criminal background checks, and an ombudsmen hotline that is checked multiple times daily, and extensive staff training. Any and all complaints are thoroughly investigated by seasoned professionals, who at all times are prepared to refer matters to the criminal justice system.”
Chinn had been affiliated with NCSY for 15 years, during which time the organization said it had not been made aware of any complaints about his conduct.
According to Asbury Park Press Chinn, 40, is facing two counts each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
TRENTON – An East Windsor rabbi who formerly taught at a Marlboro religious school is facing charges of sexually assaulting and endangering two minors.
Menachem A. Chinn, 40, of East Windsor is facing two counts each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and East Windsor Township Police Department announced Wednesday. All charges are based out of East Windsor.
Chinn formerly taught at Shalom Torah Academy in Marlboro, which maintains a tuition and donation office in Lakewood. Chinn also taught at the academy’s East Windsor location before it closed, according to Mercer County officials.
East Windsor police first charged Chinn on April 20 for one count each of assault and endangerment after a joint investigation with the county prosecutor’s Special Victim’s Unit, according to an April 21 announcement.
“It is alleged that during one occasion in 2012, when the male victim was 12 years old and at Chinn’s residence, Chinn touched the victim inappropriately,” according to that announcement.
Thirteen days later, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and East Windsor police Chief James A. Geary announced the second set of charges. “Onofri stated that following media reports of Chinn’s arrest, a second victim reached out to law enforcement,” according to that announcement.
“The victim, who is now an adult, stated that Chinn had inappropriate sexual contact with him at Chinn’s residence numerous times between July 2010 and May 2011,” according to the May 3 announcement.