UPDATED Oct. 6: The next court date for an Arlington man facing a single charge of enticing a child under age 16 has been postponed to next month.
The pre-trial conference had been set for this coming Tuesday, Oct. 11. But it now is to take place Nov. 8 due to a scheduling conflict, said Boston-based attorney Henry Fasoldt about his client Nathan Goldshlag, 72, of Arlington.
Goldshlag was ordered held on $5,000 bail Aug. 23 following charges that he came to Salem on Aug. 19 to meet an underage girl — who was actually an undercover police officer — to engage in sex.
Nathan Goldshlag, 72, pleaded not guilty to a single charge of enticing a child under age 16 at his arraignment in Salem District Court, the Salem News reported.
He was arrested on High Street in Salem as part of a police investigation that started with a post in a Boston-area dating forum on Reddit, a website comprising thousands of online community forums.
Goldshlag, represented by defense attorney Henry Fasoldt, is accused of attempting to meet up with “Kelly White,” a 15-year-old Salem girl with a Reddit username of Kdubz978. In fact, the News reported, it was two Salem police officers posing as the fictitious teen.
Salem police launched an investigation after Detective Thomas Shute, who the News reported is trained in stopping online predators, discovered a post made under the Reddit alias @Oldergy5 on Aug. 15 in an explicit Reddit forum, according to the News' summary of a police report.
Salem police told the Salem News that the account linked to Goldshlag has been deleted but that the fake “Kelly White” account used by police remained active as of Aug. 23.
After his arrest, the News reported that Goldshlag “refused to answer if the username (the @Oldergy5 alias on Reddit) was his but goes on to tell us that he was set up by entrapment,” according to the police report.
In August, prosecutors initially sought $15,000 cash bail, the News reported, but Fasoldt protested. He is quoted as saying: “Mr. Goldshlag allegedly posted something on Reddit expressing his desire to perform a particular sex act. He didn’t ask for any young person to contact him. Instead, somebody from the Salem police responded and pretended to be a 15-year-old.”
Associate Justice Carol Ann Fraser set bail at $5,000 — $4,000 more than the $1,000 posted before his arraignment. Goldshlag was also ordered to stay away from and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, including family members.
Capt. Richard Flynn, the public-information officer for the Arlington Police Department, wrote in response to a YourArlington query posed Aug. 29: "The APD did not have this individual on its investigative radar in the light of the reported charges in Salem."
Goldshlag is known in Arlington as a member of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace, an antiwar group.
In August, Goldshlag's attorney, Fasoldt, told YourArlington the following via email:
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This news summary, based on a report in the Salem News and YourArlington files, was published Aug. 26, 2022, updated Aug. 28, 2022, with a statement from the defendant's attorney, updated Aug. 29, 2022, to add comment from Arlington police, and updated Oct. 6, 2022, to state that the date of the pre-trial conference has been changed from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8.
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