Police: Rabbi had sex with teen forced into prostitution

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(Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office) Aryeh Goodman (Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office) Aryeh Goodman
(Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office) Gabriella Colon and Richard Ortiz (Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office) Gabriella Colon and Richard Ortiz
EAST BRUNSWICK -

A Middlesex County rabbi and two New York City residents are facing charges in connection with the alleged human trafficking of a Pennsylvania teenager.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 18-year-old Gabriella Colon and 23-year-old Richard Ortiz, both of the Bronx, coerced a 17-year-old Lancaster girl into having sex with roughly 30 men between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2 at an East Brunswick hotel. They were arrested Friday and face numerous charges, including criminal restraint and promoting prostitution.

The rabbi, 35-year-old Aryeh Goodman of East Brunswick, was allegedly among those who had sex with the girl. He's charged with engaging in prostitution with a child and child endangerment.

Prosecutors say Goodman was working in a religious capacity at a Jewish center that operated out of his home and may have affiliation with another center in East Brunswick.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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