Charles Hynes warns Brooklyn's powerful Satmar hasidic community to keep their hands off the victim of Rabbi Nechemya Weberman and her family.
The Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes
The Hynes quote, as tweeted by the NY Daily News' Oren Yaniv:
"They better not fool fool around with this kid, her husband or her family."
Update 3:38 pm CST – The D.A.'s press release:
KINGS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES J. HYNES ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF UNLICENSED THERAPIST WHO SEXUALLY ABUSED AN ADOLESCENT CLIENT
Brooklyn, December 10, 2012- Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the conviction of Nechemya Weberman, 54, for sexually abusing a young girl over a period of years.
District Attorney Hynes said, “The victim showed great courage to come forward in a very difficult time. Hopefully, this verdict will lead to the understanding for other women that they can come forward as well.”
Weberman was convicted on one count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, 12 counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, 18 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, 25 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The top count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. He faces a total of 117 years. Weberman was remanded and he will be sentenced before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram on January 9 at 10:00 AM.
The victim’s parents hired Weberman, an unlicensed therapist, to provide counseling for their daughter, beginning in 2007, when she was 12. From then, until 2010, Weberman sexually abused the girl multiple times, mostly in his office.
The case was prosecuted by Kevin O’Donnell, First Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau; Linda Weinman, Unit Chief of the Crimes Against Children Bureau; and Anthea Bruffee, First Deputy Bureau Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Rhonnie Jaus is Chief of the Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children Division.