Science teacher at all-girls Orthodox Jewish school arrested for rape and child pornography

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BALTIMORE, MD – Parents of girls that attended Bnos Yisroel, an all-girls Orthodox Jewish school, were shocked and saddened after learning a science teacher had been arrested for sexual battery and child pornography charges. Investigators in the case allege that some of the man’s crimes date back as far as 2005.

Whenever parents send their children to school, the assumption is that their children are safe from harm and receive an education that will help them as they mature.

While that is the expectation, that was not the case in terms of the recent arrests of a well-known science teacher at an Orthodox Jewish School in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 44-year-old teacher, William Zev Steen, came under suspicion in early November after police, who were monitoring the internet, came across an internet address that is allegedly associated with Steen.

That internet address, according to police, had been spending time on different internet sites associated with child pornography.

Police began their investigation and were able to determine that the internet address belonging to Steen allegedly was attached to a torrent file that contained child pornography. Based on this information, police requested and received a search warrant for Steen’s residence and all electronic media.

When police executed the search warrant, they allegedly discovered several files containing child pornography that were on Steen’s laptop and an external drive that was in his personal belongings.

Police noted that Steen had allegedly attempted unsuccessfully to delete numerous child pornography files before them executing the search warrant.

Steen was taken into custody on November 5th and charged with 15 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. He spent three days in jail until he was able to bond out, only to be arrested again, this time for ten new law violations involving sexual battery and child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in 2015.

After learning of Steen’s arrest, school administrators sent out two letters to inform parents of the situation. The first notification informed parents of an arrest but did not name Steen as the person involved. However, in the second letter, which followed within 24 hours, named Steen, in part, the letter read:

“We are horrified and saddened to have to write and share this letter. It is important to recognize this traumatic experience presents an opportunity to have a conversation with your child about personal safety.”

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The school added:

“The police detectives advised that anyone with information should reach out to Sergeant William A. Currie, BPD, where warranted. He can be reached at 443 938-0466. If anyone has questions or needs support during this time please contact your personal and/or school therapist.”

Parents are seemingly satisfied with how school administrators handled the matter. The school ensured that all parents were notified as quickly as possible and also ensured investigators had access to everything needed to ensure a complete investigation.

In addition to working for the all-girl school, Steen also was the director of TAG Baltimore, a “Technology Awareness Group.” TAG Baltimore works at assisting in choosing electronic devices specifically for Orthodox Jews as well as app installations. After Steen’s arrest, TAG issued the following statement:

“As of November 8, 2022, Zev Steen is no longer associated with TAG Baltimore.”

While it is unclear if any of the students, current or former, of the school were victims in the case, it is important to take the opportunity to ensure that your children are safe from predators.

With the invention of social media and the numerous apps that are available for download, it is difficult at best to monitor every aspect of your child’s online presence.

Many apps are available to parents that will assist in monitoring their child’s online activity, however, nothing encompasses all of the dangers. Parents must take the initiative to seek out what their child is doing online in hopes of preventing them from being victimized.

Parents should also take the time to discuss with their children the dangers of giving their residential or school address to anyone online. Additionally, parents should take time to inform their children that anything that is posted online is almost impossible to remove once it is out there.


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