Friday, June 24, 2011

Moshe Gerstein the Former New York attorney charged over thousands of child-porn images found dead in Mexico - 24th June 2011

A former New York City attorney who was charged with stockpiling thousands of images of sexually abused children died in Mexico City after his case went public.

Moshe Gerstein, 35, died on June 16 just days after prosecutors publicised Mr Gerstein's case as part of a sweeping child-porn investigation that rounded up more than 24 offenders.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, Alexander Featherstone, confirmed Mr Gerstein died in Mexico City.

'Our consular officials are aware of the death and have been assisting the family,' Mr Featherstone said.

Prosecutors said Mr Gerstein had about 5,000 images of child sexual assault on his home computers. He hadn't entered a plea.

A former attorney at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr Gerstein attended Yale University and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001.

He worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before moving to Gibson Dunn, where he specialised in corporate transactions, according to a profile of him on the firm's website.

Mr Gerstein was first arrested on May 10 and was freed on $5,000 bail, Manhattan district attorney spokeswoman Erin Duggan said.

Charges against him were formally dropped on Wednesday at a hearing in Manhattan criminal court, Ms Duggan said, after his death was confirmed. Source