New Jersey Therapist Accused of Sexually Abusing 16-Year-Old Patient
Elliot Halberstam, 38, was arrested Tuesday
A New Jersey therapist who counseled children and teens has been accused of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old patient, PEOPLE confirms.
Elliot Halberstam, 38, was arrested Tuesday on three counts relating to alleged sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor and receiving child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors say that Halberstam filmed his sexual encounters with the boy and asked the boy to send him numerous explicit videos.
“Elliot Halberstam is charged with violating the trust of his former patient, a 16-year old boy, in the worst way imaginable,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement. “He allegedly coerced and tricked the victim into engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and captured it on video and in photographs.”
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Halberstam allegedly sent the victim graphic emails urging him to perform and record sex acts, according to NBC New York. He even allegedly told the boy that he would provide him with alcohol to “take the edge off.”
“Break through the barrier and let go of your prudishness,” Halberstam allegedly wrote the victim.
The 16-year-old eventually reported Halberstam to authorities, who took him into custody on Tuesday. He is being held without bail and has yet to enter a plea.