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Ex-Gibson Dunn Lawyer, Harvard Law, Arrested for Child Rape Images

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on June 17, 2011 6:44 AM

Moshe Gerstein, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and graduate of Yale University.

A perfect pedigree for many attorneys.

But, add this line to the list: Moshe Gerstein, among those arrested in New York for possessing horribly disturbing, illegal photos of children being raped and sexually assaulted.

Gerstein was most recently an attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher working in the corporate department, according to Gerstein's Martindale profile. He had previously worked for Skadden Arps, according to the ABA Journal.

Most attorneys have heard the phrase or jab that all attorneys are crooks. And, Gerstein may very well be a criminal soon, since he is one of the defendants named in the New York District Attorney's press release about the recent arrests.

The arrests surrounded a huge sting of child sexual assault and child rape images that were being circulated, distributed and traded by individuals in New York. The images were mostly transmitted via peer-to-peer networking sites, mostly used for music and movie piracy.

The arrests not only included attorneys - like Gerstein - but even a substitute teacher. Other defendants have come from various walks of life, including a MBA student, a children's shoe store employee, and a banker. About 26 arrests were made.

Gerstein is, very understandably, no longer with the firm after his May 10th arrest, reports the ABA Journal. He is also no longer listed on the Gibson Dunn website as one of its employees. Makes sense though, most firms - and most people in general - would probably have issue with one of its employees being arrested for something so vulgar and disturbing.

Moshe Gerstein had about 5,000 images of child sexual assault on his computer when he was arrested, according to the DA's press release. He was charged for promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child.

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