Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teen Accusing Orthodox Jewish Leader Of Sex Abuse Testifies ‘I Wanted To Die’

Accuser: Man Who Was Supposed To Be Counselor, Molested Me For 3 Years

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A teen alleging a prominent member of Brooklyn’s Satmar community sexually abused her over three years took the stand Tuesday to describe her alleged ordeal.

In a quiet, controlled voice, the now-married 17-year-old said she endured years of abuse at the hands of 54-year-old Nechemya Weberman.

The teen’s father had taken her to Weberman for counseling because he thought she had a boyfriend, which was prohibited in the community, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.

However, the teen claimed the counseling turned into undressing, touching and other sexual contact.

The teen told a packed courtroom that from her first meeting with Weberman in an office next to his Clinton Hill apartment, the much-respected Orthodox Jewish leader sexually abused her.

In fact, she said it happened every time they met from 2007 — when she was 12 — and continued through 2010.

The accuser said that Weberman would triple lock his door before the abuse, which allegedly took place twice a week for the three years.

At one point, the teen said she stopped eating for three days. The accuser said she was so depressed she couldn’t stop or even talk to Weberman.

The teen also described another incident in which she claimed Weberman came to her home.

“He got into bed with me and I wanted to die,” the teen stated in court.

She said she was eventually was able to tell a school counselor what was taking place.

Weberman has pleaded not guilty to charges of committing a criminal sex act, rape, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.

Lawyers for Weberman have argued that the allegations being brought against their client are false.

Weberman is expected to testify in his own defense later in the week.

Earlier this year, a controversial fundraiser was held in the Hasidic community to raise Weberman’s legal funds.



George Fart-kas said...


Weberman is a burly, middle-aged Hasid with a round face and a curly beard. His chlothes were standard issue for a Satmar hasid or a Malach, but nicely tailored and in tiptop condition.

He came with a lot of emotional baggage but no seforim. He left his hat in a red Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with ordinary New York State plates (FFT-6277). It was parked on 96 Schermerhorn Street less than a block from the courthouse. He managed to break two laws; the back of his SUV was within 15 feet of a fire hydrant and the front was in a stretch reserved for court personnel on official business. The sign said “no standing except court authorized vehicles.” I suppose he had one of those cards on his dashboard. It wonder if he is guilty of misrepresenting himself as being on official business, in addition to impersonating an orthodox Jew. I can’t say for sure. But odds are excellent that he would have been ticketed or even towed if he did not have such a placard. I find it hard to imagine that he would have risked being towed just to save a few dollars parking unless he had the confidence that grows out of owning one of those magical placards.

His lawyer sat on the other side of the aisle. According to CBS News that would have been George Farkas, a respected Brooklyn criminal defense lawyer and no stranger to ultra orthodox molesters. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, in July 2010, Farkas negotiated a two-year prison sentence for Moshe Spitzer of Borough Park who pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy in the second degree. “Spitzer was reportedly 20 years old when he began engaging in oral and/or anal sex with his victim, then 14 years old.”

The same article has Farkas, saying these were “statutory charges that “don’t require coercion or force.” Farkas was doing his job for his defendant in the courts and the secular press. His comments suggesting the sexual acts were consensual will not help Spitzer’s reputation in the orthodox community. There is no reason to fault Farkas. Even a talented lawyer cannot turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse, or a chazer into an erliche yid.

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Shmarya missing in action said...


This is the kind of freak who is up Shmarya's alley. A crossbreed of Black & White parents, a bisexual self-proclaimed "rabbi" who taught at a Reform Hebrew school, or at least until the cops came investigating him for molesting a student.

Not newsworthy enough for Failed Messiah when the big story there this week is some boring Yiddish stage play?

Shmarya missing in action said...


Come on, Shmarya! Here's your homeboy accused of all kinds of sick stuff and before becoming a fugitive was quoting romantic stuff to kids from Shir Hashirim.


"There is information that Katz spoke to several 14-year-olds about sexual subjects, such as safely engaging in bondage/domination/sado-masochistic sex and his believe in ply-amorous relationships," Strangeland told the court.