Roy Naim, The ‘Jewish Face Of The Immigration Reform Struggle’ Featured In Time Magazine, Arrested On Child Porn Charges And Denied Bail – Daily Mail
An immigration advocate profiled in a Time cover story has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Self-fashioned immigration activist Roy Naim, 29, downloaded three child pornography videos and is currently in federal custody after being denied bail Wednesday, officials said. The accused pervert has volunteered at a camp for special needs children in the past, a position he appears to have left in 2010
One of the subjects of a 2012 Time story on 35 undocumented illegal immigrants, Mr Naim pleaded not guilty to a single count of receiving child pornography. The Israeli national was deemed a flight risk and denied bail.
U.S. Attorney Saritha Komatireddy argued Mr Naim should be denied bail because of the risk he posed to the community as an accused pedophile who has worked in the past with children, has no job and isn’t a citizen, according to CNN.
Attorney Richard Finkel unsuccessfully countered that Mr Naim spends most of his time volunteering and helping others, CNN reported. Additionally, Mr Finkel noted that the Naim family, with very little money and no property, doesn’t have the means to help Roy Naim flee.
Without assets for collateral, the judge explained, she had no choice but to deny bail, said CNN.
Mr Naim is currently sitting in jail after an alleged child pornography distributor was arrested recently in Louisiana, officials said. One of the receivers of that child pornography turned out to be the ‘Jewish Face of the Immigration Reform Struggle,’ according to an indictment cited by multiple media outlets.
The accused pedophile received that nickname from the Jewish Daily Forward.
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Officials said Mr Naim voluntarily copped to years of downloading and viewing child pornography. Investigators uncovered videos of children performing sexual acts on his laptop and immediately arrested him, according to the indictment.
An eerie tweet only two days before his arraignment read ‘Giving it up,’ but it is not clear if that resignation was because he knew investigators were closing in on him.
Mr Naim made a name for himself by staging public rallies and lobbying Congress to enact immigration reform. His activism was born out of frustration from trying to become an American citizen since his family immigrated to the US when he was three-years-old.
‘He wants to be an American citizen,’ Richard Finkel, Mr Naim’s attorney, told the New York Daily News.
Mr Naim lists multiple volunteer positions at Camp Simcha between 2003 and 2008 on his Facebook page, but is referred to as a division head in a post on the camp’s Facebook page.
Camp Simcha is famous for being attended by a young, disabled Israeli girl whom a plane turned around to retrieve after leaving her at the gate for lack of identification.
Attempts to reach camp administration for comment were unsuccessful.
If convicted, Mr Naim faces five to 20 years in prison. It is not clear if he would also face a possible deportation.
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