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June 15, 2011 1:12 PM

Gibson Dunn Associate Caught in Child Porn Sting

Posted by Brian Baxter

A child pornography sting by the district attorney's office in Manhattan this week caught 26 people, including teachers, National Guard members, restaurant workers, and a corporate lawyer from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The New York Law Journal, a sibling publication, reports that firm associate Moshe Gerstein was among those swept up in the series of arrests by state and federal agencies. (Click here for a map of those individuals arrested for possession of pornographic materials.)

Gibson Dunn had no immediate comment on Gerstein's involvement in a group that allegedly traded images of violent sexual assaults on children. Gerstein appears to no longer be with the firm, as his biography is no longer on Gibson Dunn's Web site. Cached versions of the Web page could not be found on Google.

Gerstein was arrested on May 10, the NYLJ reports, after a search of his Manhattan home on West 60th Street pursuant to a warrant obtained by investigators from the district attorney's office and federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Three computers and an external hard drive containing roughly 5,000 images of child pornography were seized from Gerstein's apartment, according to the NYLJ.

Gerstein plead not guilty to two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and five counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child on Tuesday, the NYLJ reports. The charges carry prison terms of up to seven and four years in prison, respectively.

The NYLJ reports that Gerstein is a 1998 graduate of Yale University, who went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2001. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2008, he worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the firm's M&A and financial institutions groups.

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