Monday, December 10, 2012

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish counselor in a New York Hasidic community has been found guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl over three years while she was in his care

Nechemya Weberman faces up to 117 years in prison after being convicted on 59 counts. The most serious charge, “course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree” carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. In a trial that has upended the insular community of Brooklyn followers of the Satmar branch of Hasidic Jews, the girl accuses Weberman of first abusing her in 2007, when she was 12.

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