And The D.A. Did Nothing
The [alleged victim's] new boyfriend, Hershy Deutsch, has also been threatened. Deutsch, who owns a pizza restaurant on Lee Avenue, says he was offered $500,000 to persuade the girl to recant. When he refused, he was told his kosher license could be at risk. He says his landlord was pressured to evict him. "Giving blood money to deny a story is not going to stop the molesters molesting children," he says.
The Guardian's Zoë Blacker has a report on the fundraiser being held tonight in Williamsburg for accused pedophile and unlicensed therapist Rabbi Nechemya Weberman.
Weberman allegedly raped a girl who was sent to him for therapy by her parents at the direction of her haredi school. The rapes allegedly began when the girl was 12 and continued until she was 16-years-old.
Here's an important excerpt from Blacker's piece:
…The [alleged victim's] new boyfriend, Hershy Deutsch, has also been threatened. Deutsch, who owns a pizza restaurant on Lee Avenue, says he was offered $500,000 to persuade the girl to recant. When he refused, he was told his kosher licence could be at risk. He says his landlord was pressured to evict him. "Giving blood money to deny a story is not going to stop the molesters molesting children," he says. Deutsch is using Facebook to mobilise a counter demonstration. He says he worries about his girlfriend, who is suffering terribly. She can't sleep, he says, haunted by memories. Deutsch says his girlfriend also turned down a bribe. "Every time she would go to a store, she would have an image of where that money came from."
Judy Genut [a friend of the alleged victim’s family] says she, her husband and other members of her family have also been harrassed. "A lot of people are angry that this came out because it brings us in a very bad light," she says. "Other people hear about it, and read about it and if we are the chosen ones, the moral compass of the world, then shouldn't we act morally? It's a very hard thing for us to swallow because there's so much good in our community and so many beautiful organisations.
"So there's a lot of shame. And when people are ashamed they hide. And how do you hide? By not letting other people know that something like this is happening. Because if you don't talk about it, it's not happening, right? It hurts me so much. I mean, do we actually harbour our own perverts?"…
These threats are obstruction of justice and witness tampering. But no one has been arrested or prosecuted for making them, even though Brooklyn's D.A., Charles Hynes, insists he prosecutes these offenses. In fact, in an op-ed he wrote for the Daily News today, Hynes insisted that:
The Orthodox Jewish community, including Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive director of Agudath Israel, understands that if anyone attempts to obstruct a criminal inquiry about sexual abuse in the community, I will not hesitate to prosecute.
Victims are threatened and harassed with alarming frequency in haredi Brooklyn, and some of them claim they've told Hynes' office about the threats. And the media has reported the threats.
These threats and attempts at bribery are crimes. But Hynes has not prosecuted them and has done nothing to protect these victims and witnesses from harassment.