web analytics
April 24, 2014 / 24 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Nechemya Weberman’

Weberman Gets 103 Years

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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.”

Chemicals Thrown in Face of Williamsburg Rabbi Who Supports Sex Abuse Victims

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Rabbi Nathan (Nuchem) Rosenberg was walking on Roebling Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn when a man came up behind him, according to Rosenberg, tapped him on the shoulder, threw a liquid in his face, and ran away.

Rosenberg claimed that the liquid was bleach, although that is not yet confirmed.  He was treated at a local hospital and released. According to a report in the New York TimesRosenberg had a corneal abrasion and burns around one of his eyes.

Rosenberg is well-known in Williamsburg as an advocate for child sexual abuse victims in the tightly-knit Satmar Hasidic community. He runs a hotline and has a websitethat provide information, in Yiddish, for protecting children from sexual abuse.  The Satmar community has just been through an especially traumatic sexual abuse trial which ended in the conviction of a community member, Nechemya Weberman.  Weberman, 54, was found guilty of 59 counts of sex abuse against a child.

The vast majority of the rabbis of the Williamsburg community backed Weberman from the time of his arrest, and many in the community still support him despite the conviction.  They continue to claim Weberman is innocent. Rosenberg, however, sat through the entire Weberman trial to show support for the victim.

Although some initially believed that the attack on Rosenberg was related to the Weberman conviction, a police department spokesperson said that the chemical attack was unrelated to the verdict. The police department confirmed that Rosenberg had been the victim of chemical burns, but were not yet able to identify the chemical.

There was an eyewitness to the attack who claimed he saw a man throw the liquid in the rabbi’s face and then run away.  ”It happened so fast,” Primo Santiago said. “Out of the corner of my eye I saw [Rosenberg] walking down the street, and the other guy ran from the fish store and threw the bleach.”
The Daily News reported that Rosenberg’s attacker was the son of a man whom Rosenberg has accused of abusing boys. This theory was supported by several accounts in various blogs serving the Williamsburg community.

According to the website of the International Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault, headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, Rosenberg’s alleged attacker was Shalom (Solomon) Shnitzler.  Schnitzler’s Famous Fish Market is located on Roebling Street, the site of the attack. On the day of the Weberman verdict, Rosenberg posted on his blog that Rabbi Schnitzler sexually abuses boys.

According to numerous reports, Rabbi Rosenberg has been attacked several times for his work on behalf of sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox community.  Some who criticize Rosenberg claim that he sometimes names as sex perverts people with whom he has business disagreements.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/chemicals-thrown-in-face-of-williamsburg-rabbi-who-supports-sex-abuse-victims/2012/12/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: