Black Collar Crime Round-Up: May 7, 2012

Timothy Darby Killen • Cesar Pastrana • Joe Tapia III • Eliyahu Werdesheim • Evan Zauder

United StatesSentenced: Timothy Darby Killen, 30, former youth director, Heritage Baptist Church, Hiltons, Virginia, to “11 years with all but 13 months suspended after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor while serving as a guardian and a single misdemeanor count of having consensual sex with a minor over the age of 15,” per the Kingsport Times-News. “Killen is also required to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling.” Story: Kingsport Times-News, January 18, 2012; Kingsport Times-News, May 3, 2012; TriCities.com, May 4, 2012

Cesar PastranaIndicted: Cesar Pastrana, 25, former youth volunteer, NorthStar Church, Kennesaw, Georgia, on 15 counts of child sexual abuse, including aggravated child molestation. Pastrana is accused of sexually molesting a boy during an overnight church “lock-in.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Pastrana “allegedly had victimized two other juveniles at a private residence in late December 2010 to early January 2011,” and “physically injured a 14-year-old boy while molesting him last fall, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC.” Story: Conservative Babylon, March 8, 2012; Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 4, 2012

Joe Tapia IIIBond denied: Joe Tapia III, 46, youth minister and business manager, San Jose Catholic Church, El Paso, Texas, “accused in a criminal complaint filed in federal court of downloading several nude images of young boys on his work computer at Excel Learning Center, where he worked as an admissions service representative, and of engaging in a sexually-explicit Internet chat with someone whom he believed was a 16-year-old boy in Argentina,” reports the El Paso Times, as well as “taking nude photographs of two boys, each 15 years old, and sending photos of one boy to seven online contacts.” The Diocese of El Paso has suspended Tapia indefinitely “pending a complete investigation of the allegations.” Story: KFOX, May 3, 2012; El Paso Times, May 4, 2012; KVIA, May 4, 2012

Eliyahu WerdesheimConvicted: Eliyahu Werdesheim, 24, Haredim, Baltimore, Maryland, of false imprisonment and second-degree assault. Werdesheim and his brother Avi Werdesheim, 21, who are white, “had been charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment and carrying a deadly weapon — a walkie-talkie issued by the neighborhood watch group Shomrim — with the intent to injure Corey Ausby” — 15 years old and black — reports the Baltimore Sun. “Eliyahu was cleared of the weapons charge.” Eliyahu Werdesheim is scheduled to be sentenced June 27, 2012. All charges against Avi Werdesheim have been dismissed. Story: Conservative Babylon, April 23, 2012; Baltimore Sun, May 3, 2012

Evan ZauderCharged: Evan Charles Zauder, a.k.a. Aryeh Klonimus Zauder, 26, sixth-grade teacher, Yeshivat Noam (a private Modern Orthodox school), Paramus, New Jersey, with one count of possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, which reports that, according to the criminal complaint, “Zauder possessed child pornography that had been downloaded from the Internet and saved onto his computer. During a search of Zauder’s residence conducted on Monday, May 1, 2012, a computer containing hundreds of images and videos of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct was seized.” A now-deleted biography from NYU Steinhardt once read (links ours): “Evan Zauder is a Dual Masters student and a Jim Joseph Fellow in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU. After high school graduation from CHAT in Toronto, Canada, he went on for two years of study at the renowned Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem's Old City. He continued his education at Yeshiva University, achieving a BA (with honours!) in Political Science and a minor in Hebrew Language. Upon his arrival in New York, he began working for Bnei Akiva of New York as a Regional Director, and quickly moved his way up the ranks at Bnei Akiva to director of the In-School Programming division. He is now in his second year at Teaneck's largest Orthodox congregation, serving as Director of Youth Programming. He spends his summers at Camp Stone where he serves as a division head. Outside of work and school, he sits on the National Board of Bnei Akiva of North America and serves as the Founding and Current Director of the Yeshivat HaKotel Alumni Association of America.” Story: U.S. Attorney’s Office, May 3, 2012

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