Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Thursday,
May 26th
Home News National Weberman sentenced to 103 years for abuse

Weberman sentenced to 103 years for abuse

E-mail Print PDF

Nechemya WebermanNEW YORK — 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 G-d.

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 be intimate with him, 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, NY, 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.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:11 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Israeli teenage mom says assaulted at school for breastfeeding

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A teenage mother who recently immigrated to Israel said a religious Jewish woman assaulted her amid harassment at a municipal building because she had breastfed her baby there. The alle... [Link]

Citing own exclusion, London’s Muslim mayor joins pledge to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — London’s newly-elected mayor, Sadiq Khan, endorsed a pledge co-signed by dozens of American and European mayors to fight anti-Semitism. Khan, a Muslim Labour politician who won the May... [Link]

State Dept.: Coalition deal ‘raises legitimate questions’ on Israel’s path

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — In a first official statement to the coalition pact signed between Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, a State Department spokesperson said this “raises legitimate questio... [Link]

Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Wisconsin couple filed a discrimination charge against an Illinois hotel owner who allegedly refused to host their interfaith wedding because it was not religious. Alexandra Katzman and Jo... [Link]

People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

Gabe Friedman Is New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz Jewish? It was a question fans were asking themselves last season during the team’s run to the World Series. Despite his surname, which is a syllable away f... [Link]

French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of... [Link]

Netanyahu inaugurates new wing at Museum of the Jewish People

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a new wing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The new wing, spanning 25,000 square feet, is one of the products o... [Link]

Prosecutors finish arguments in NJ synagogue firebombing trial

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Prosecutors completed their arguments in the case against one of two New Jersey men accused of vandalizing and firebombing synagogues and a rabbi’s home in 2012. The Associated Pr... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com