Video maker had sordid past, strong advocates
Calling himself fully rehabilitated, decries firing by conservatory
Peter E. Benjamin, the registered sex offender hired by renowned conductor Benjamin Zander to tape performances by a youth orchestra, was a respected figure among Boston’s cultural elite, producing photographs and videos for Boston Ballet, the Opera Company of Boston, the American Repertory Theater, even the Boston Red Sox. But in the early 1990s, Benjamin served prison time after pleading guilty to charges that he videotaped himself having sex with male teens. Sex abuse allegations against Benjamin date to the 1970s.