Rabbi Menachem A. Chinn, 40, a children’s teacher from East Windsor accused of sexually assaulting a then 12-year-old boy quietly slipped out of jail July 7, 2017 thanks to NJ Bail Reform.
Since his arrest in April, Chinn had been been held without bail on Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter E. Warshaw’s order of detention.
Judge Warshaw said options, like having Chinn on house arrest with electronic monitoring, would not protect the public.
“Home detention does not prevent this from happening again,” – Judge Peter E. Warshaw
Another “validated pretrial risk assessment” Failure.
New Jersey Bail Reform, Risk Assessments, and Pretrial Release Services…
- ZERO Accountability
- ZERO Deterrent
- ZERO Supervision
- ZERO concern for victims
- ZERO Bail…just a “pinky promise” to return
- Bail Reform – Dangerous, Reckless, and a Taxpayer Burden
(from an earlier report by TOT – May 18 2017)
The rabbi and children’s teacher from East Windsor charged with sexual assault will not be released from pretrial detention, a state judge ruled Wednesday in upholding his earlier ruling.
Menachem A. Chinn, 40, will remain in jail, locked up since his arrest April 20 on second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child charges allegedly involving a then 12-year-old boy in Chinn’s home, April 1, 2012. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office sought to have him detained, based on new bail reform regulations that went into effect this year.
But Steven D. Altman, Chinn’s lawyer, tried to have Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter E. Warshaw reverse his decision from April 26 to issue the detention order. After a lengthy hearing, Warshaw, sitting in Trenton, was not budging.
He said the testimony at the hearing of Rabbi Aaron Gruman, leader of East Windsor-based Toras Emes/Twin Rivers Community Synagogue and Chinn’s spiritual adviser, or the report of a psychologist who concluded it was unlikely that Chinn would commit another sexual offense if he were released, did not sway him.
He said options, like having Chinn on house arrest with electronic monitoring, would not protect the public.
“Home detention does not prevent this from happening again,” the judge said in giving his rationale.
Altman said outside court that he would appeal Warshaw’s ruling.
Chinn, born in Israel, taught at Shalom Torah Academy, a Jewish school located in Monmouth County. His LinkedIn page also lists him as a youth director.
Since Chinn’s arrest last month, a second alleged victim had come forward claiming that when he was 17, Chinn had sexually assaulted him, from July 2010 to May 2011 – although the judge, in court, indicated the time frame was from 2011 to 2012. The Prosecutor’s Office, earlier this month, announced new charges, again of second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, had been brought against Chinn.
Chinn was the victim’s teacher and “youth group religious mentor,” the Prosecutor’s Office has said.
You’ve been LIED to New Jersey…NJ Bail Reform is RECKLESS, DANGEROUS, and YOU are PAYING for it.
Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.