Child-abusing sex fiend Nechemya Weberman faces sentencing Tuesday as more victims are reported

January 21, 2013 Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Nechemya Weberman, an Hasidic religious counselor in Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, will be sentenced in Brooklyn on Tuesday for sexually abusing a young Williamsburg girl for years, starting at age 12.

After coming forward, the girl, now 18, and her family were the targets of a coordinated  intimidation effort. More than 1,000 Hasidic men raised $500,000 for Weberman’s legal defense before the trial.

During the trial,  two Weberman supporters were arrested for illegally taking a picture of the victim with cell phones while she was on the stand, and emailing it out. The girl was called a slut and a troublemaker; members of her family were also harassed. Following Weberman’s conviction, a Hasidic rabbi who campaigns against the sexual abuse of children was attacked in Williamsburg by a man who threw bleach in his face.

Weberman was convicted on December 10 of 59 counts, including sustained sex abuse of a child, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse. He faces 25 years in prison on the top charge.

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The New York Daily News reported on Sunday that Weberman allegedly violated at least 10 other girls.

Weberman invoked Kabbalah — a type of Jewish mysticism — to convince his victims that having sex with him was “kosher,” the News reports.

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