A former rabbi from Pinner has received a suspended sentence after being caught in the possession of hundreds of child abuse images.
Yuval Keren, 56, was first investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in July 2022. Online storage provider Dropbox had sent a referral to the NCA, stating that a user had been uploading suspicious images to their platform.
NCA officers identified Keren as the individual concerned, and he was subsequently arrested at his home address.
A total of 1,694 indecent images of children were found on several devices seized by police, of which 189 were classed as category A, the most extreme. With photos dating back to 2010, they indicated that Keren had been accessing these pictures repeatedly over the last 13 years.
On October 11, 2023, Keren pleaded guilty to all of the charges. He has now been sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years.
Following his arrest, he was immediately suspended from his rabbi posting, and he no longer holds any position in Liberal Judaism.
Holly Triggs, NCA operations manager, said: “Yuval Keren had accessed images showing the horrific abuse of children for over 10 years.
“The NCA is committed to protecting children and ensuring that individuals who collect this material, and create a demand for abuse content, are held to account.”