Former teacher at Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach charged with child porn possession

A former science teacher at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Theodore Nusbaum, 64, of North Bay Village, was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Nusbaum, who was granted a $250,000 bond, pleaded not guilty to five counts of possessing pornographic images of minors received over the Internet. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison.

Nusbaum was placed on leave in October when the Hebrew Academy on Pine Tree Drive was alerted about the federal investigation. After posting bail, he was released and allowed to go live with his sister in Illinois until trial, according to his attorney, Joel Hirschhorn.

“While these matters were under investigation, he was receiving treatment [for] psychological and emotional trauma," Hirschhorn told Miami Herald newspartner WFOR-CBS 4. “He is a brilliant, wise, smart, educated [man], and like all of us he’s flawed. Which one of us isn’t?’’

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