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Camp counselor accused of inappropriately touching boy

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 14 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 05:30:56 PM CDT

Camp counselor accused of inappropriately touching boy

SMITHFIELD TWP., Pa. -

A camp counselor from Canada has found himself in some hot water in the Poconos.

A man is accused of touching a boy in an inappropriate  way at a camp in Smithfield Township, Monroe County.

Chisdai Ben-Porat, 19, is free on $20,000 bail.

The victim says Ben-Porat came into his cabin at a Camp Dora Golding, a Jewish camp for boys, and touched him.

The 12-year-old boy says he was in his bunk Thursday when Ben-Porat came into his room and began to massage his shoulders.

The affidavit of probable cause says the boy told investigators that the incident made him uncomfortable and that Ben-Porat quote "took it too far" and put his hands down the boy's pants, massaging his buttocks.

The boy says Ben-Porat left the cabin after another counselor came in.

The affidavit says the boy told camp officials who contacted the boy's parents and state police.

Ben-Porat is a Canadian.

His Facebook page says he studied at the Ottawah Torah Institute.

He was arrested and now faces charges of corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

69 News made several attempts to get a response to the allegations from the executive director of Camp Dora Golding but our requests for comment went unanswered.

The Jewish Community has been talking about this story ever since it broke.

One web site published a letter allegedly written by the executive director of the camp to parents, outlining the steps taken and the investigation. 

Ben-Porat was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges August 24th.

Court officials say that hearing has been postponed.

69 News also tried to reach him for comment, but he did not respond to messages.