Hasidic Therapist Gets 103 Years for Sex Abuse
He was charged with 59 counts
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 11:46 AM CST
Nechemya Weberman, left, a religious counselor in New York City’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, confers with his lawyer, George Farkas.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Nechemya Weberman, an unlicensed therapist and powerful member of the Hasidic Jewish community of Brooklyn, will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of 59 counts of sexual abuse yesterday, reports the New York Times. After days of testimony from a victim who says she was repeatedly abused by Weberman starting when she was 12, a judge sentenced him to 103 years in prison, just short of the 117-year maximum. During her testimony, the victim, now 18, told Weberman that he "played around with and destroyed lives as if they were your toys, without the slightest bit of mercy.”

Weberman's crimes included various sexual acts with minors, sometimes during therapy sessions under the guise of helping girls become more religious. The case is the first in two decades Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes has brought against a member of the Satmar ultra-Orthodox community. While many criticize Hynes for not being aggressive enough toward Hasidic abusers, he says the self-silencing culture of the Satmar community is to blame. The case has divided the community, even leading to violence against a victim advocate.

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Jan 28, 2013 6:13 AM CST
"The case is the first in two decades Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes has brought against a member of the Satmar ultra-Orthodox community"!! And what's the bet his record against the Catholics isn't great either? Police Officers: Here's a heads-up: There is a lot of child abuse happening in Catholic and Jewish and other churches. INVESTIGATE IT. I am aware its not that easy, but NOR IS IT HARD, and if you think of the poor kids, you can do it. Remember what these guys do for a living is child abuse (mental), so crossing into physical abuse is natural to them. As for the 'parishioners' (actually cult-followers) of these sects (and that's all religions): Shame on you.
Jan 24, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Why is it the Jewiest and supposedly most devout of the Jews who are committing the most heinous crimes? --Oh yeah, because they're just like every other BS religion. The one who tries the hardest to appear righteous is ALWAYS the one with the dirtiest secrets to hide. ALWAYS. "I had rather be a plain-dealing villain..."
Jan 23, 2013 4:44 PM CST
Now when will we get wise and pursue with zeal all sex offenders and those protecting them?