Former NYC council candidate arrested on child porn charges

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A former candidate for New York City Council was arrested for possessing and sharing child pornography.

Joseph Hayon, who was arrested last week and admitted that he viewed and shared the pornographic images of children between ages 2 and 12, ran to represent a Brooklyn district under the campaign slogan “Our children are our future,” according to the New York Post.

Hayon, 37, was released on $50,000 bail and barred from coming in contact with his four children, ages 9, 7, 4 and 15 months.

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Hayon, who is shown in photos in court wearing a black yarmulke, works at a Jewish nonprofit organization called Pesach Tikvah, which helps children and adults with special needs. He is the founder of the Brooklyn Tea Party.