Ultra-Orthodox Jewish counsellor gets life sentence for sexual abuse

FOLLOWING our report last December about the sexual abuse trial ofNechemya Weberman, we learn today that the New York Hasidic Jewish counsellor has received a jail sentence totalling 103 years without the prospect of parole.

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Nechemya Weberman

Weberman, 54, according to this report, was sentenced by Justice John Ingram in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. He was found guilty on 59 counts, including sexual conduct against a girl he was advising over the course of three years.

District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement:

The abuse of a child cannot be swept under the rug or dealt with by insular groups believing only they know what is best for their community.

The abuse began in 2007, when the girl’s parents hired Weberman to help their then-12-year-old daughter. It continued – mostly in his office – until 2010.

Said the victim,

I suffered great psychological damage and fell into severe depression.

The case brought scrutiny on the Satmar Hasidic community, many of whom live in the insular Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Said defence attorney George Farkas after sentencing:

We honestly and truly believe that this was a setup. He [Weberman] knows that his future lies in the appellate process.

The case came to light when four men – one named Lemon Juice – were arrested and accused of trying to bribe the victim and her boyfriend to get them to drop the case against Weberman, a spokesman for the district attorney said.

Hat tip: Canada Dave