Former Hebrew Academy Teacher Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Theodore Nusbaum, 64, was arrested Tuesday for possession of child pornography.

By Alexandra Leon and Hank Tester
|  Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:34 PM EDT
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Theodore Nusbaum, a former Hebrew Academy teacher, was arrested for possession of child pornography Tuesday.

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A former Hebrew Academy teacher was arrested Tuesday for possession of child pornography, officials said.

Theodore Nusbaum, 64, of North Bay Village, was charged with five counts of possession of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit content, according to a U.S. District Court indictment.

Nusbaum taught science for six years at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy's high school in Miami Beach, Dr. Roni Raab, the head of the school, said in an email statement.

Nusbaum was placed on a personal leave of absence in October when the school was alerted of the investigation, and he moved out of the state shortly after, Raab said.

"We do not know any of the details of the investigation at this time although we have been assured by law enforcement that there is no evidence that Dr. Nusbaum had any inappropriate contact with our students or that any images were found on his school-issued computer," Raab said in an e-mail statement. "We are fully cooperating with law enforcement."

He added: "This is a difficult time for all of us at the Hebrew Academy. We have taken great care in responding to this situation in dealing with our students, faculty, and families. We are fully committed to a secure and safe environment for every member of our school community."

Attorney Joel Hirschhorn, who represents Nusbaum, said Nusbaum has been in therapy while staying with family in Illinois.

Nusbaum was released on $250,000 bond. He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted, according to ICE officials.

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