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January 30, 2015 / 10 Shevat, 5775
 
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Weberman Gets 103 Years

Satmar counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenage female patient over several years.
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Satmar Chassid Nechemya Weberman

Satmar Chassid Nechemya Weberman

NEW YORK (JTA) — Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenage female patient over several years.

Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn, did not speak during the Jan. 22 sentencing in New York State Supreme Court. He had been sent to Rikers Island prison without bail immediately after his conviction in December.

He was found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse. The encounters started in 2007, when his victim was 12, and lasted until she was 15. She is now 18.

Weberman had faced up to 117 years in prison.

The girl’s parents sent her for sessions to Weberman, an unlicensed therapist, at the recommendation of the child’s school. The girl was referred for not meeting her sect’s strict modesty guidelines regarding women’s dress and asking questions about the existence of God.

The victim reportedly gave a tearful statement in court.

“I clearly remember how I would look in the mirror. I saw a girl who didn’t want to live in her own skin, a girl whose innocence was shattered, a girl who couldn’t sleep at night because of the gruesome invasion that had been done to her body,” she is reported as saying.

The New York Daily News reported Jan. 19 that a new investigation conducted by the paper showed that Weberman had violated at least 10 other female patients.

At Weberman’s trial, prosecutors said they were aware of six additional victims — four married women and two underage girls. The newspaper reported that it identified four additional women, who do not want to come forward out of fear of being ostracized by the community.

Weberman victims, according to the new investigation, include four married women, three of whom he counseled, and six unmarried women, all of whom were Weberman clients.

According to the paper, sources close to the women abused by Weberman said he used patterns of grooming and nurturing to lure them. He showered outcast teenagers with attention, taking them on road trips and buying them lingerie, they said. The unlicensed counselor also cited kabbalah when forcing his victims to have sex with him to convince them his acts were allowed, once telling a victim, “I learned kabbalah and we were a couple in another incarnation.”

“The intimate acts he was performing were intended as a form of repentance for sins committed in their previous lifetimes,” Rabbi Yakov Horowitz from Monsey, N.Y., in whom other victims had confided, told the Daily News.

Five others told the New York daily that they were aware of Weberman’s misconduct with clients years before he was accused of sexual abuse, and sources said the anonymous victim who put him on trial came forward after friends told her Weberman “was a known pervert.”

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3 Responses to “Weberman Gets 103 Years”

  1. It is time for the Satmar Rebbe to consider major changes.

    Satmar has long had a disproportionately bad reputation for various reasons.

    But in the last year this relatively small group has had two major crimes that are a.
    tremendous Hillul Hashem for the entire Jewish community.

    The first was when the son of someone who was accused of sexual abuse threw acid in the face of the accuser.

    Today we have a case of a Satmar counselor without a license sentenced to 103 years for sexual abuse with a young girl he under his care.

    Other Satmar" Hasidim" tried to bribe the victims family not to file charges.

    In both cases was the attempt to silence sexual abuse.

    These are not isolated incidents. It has been an open secret, then just open that.
    Satmars shields sexual abusers from the police.

    Instead they help sexual abusers to continue abusing.

    This is not Frum or even Judaism. This is pure evil. The Satmar Rebbe must repent.

  2. where is the proof? he is a real nice guy – I still don't believe he did it – a modern blood libel plain and simple.

  3. where is the proof? a modern day blood libel plain and simple – he is a really nice guy and she is a drug addict – and all of the alleged victims come only to horowitz and nobody else? kol haposel b'mumo posel – horowitz and rosenberg should be investigated – how do they know so much about abuse? probably they are abusers themselves – they have both been thrown out of every moised – I wonder why?

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