Rabbi arrested for child endangerment

May 14, 2008 12:54:34 PM PDT
Newark Police arrested 53-year-old, Rabbi Jack Sparks at his home in Newark this morning on one charge of child endangerment. Rabbi Sparks is the head of the Albert Einstein Academy, a private school located north of Wilmington at 101 Garden of Eden Road, in Talleyville.

According to police, the charge stems from Sparks befriending a 15-year-old male and ultimately taking the teen to a store where he encouraged him to pick out a pornographic magazine. Police say Sparks told the teen he would buy the magazine for him so he could "have a good time."

The teens sibling attends Albert Einstein Academy and met Sparks while picking up his sibling. Sparks developed a friendship over time, taking the teen out to restaurants, he bought the teen a computer and according to police their online contact became sexual in nature. Eventually Sparks took the teen to a store and encouraged him to enter a room marked with a sign prohibiting minors, where he was to pick out a magazine. The teen refused and told his parents what happened.

Sparks was arraigned and released on $2,000 unsecured bond.