Ultra-Orthodox Counselor Convicted of Sex Abuse

    Nechemya Weberman after the opening of the sex abuse trial against him at Brooklyn Criminal Court in Brooklyn, NY, Monday November 26, 2012. Weberman is the Satmar Hasid from Williamsburg who is accused of abusing a girl he was counseling.   (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)

    Victor J. Blue, The New York Times / Redux

    For one man it is not a happy Chanukah. A religious counselor in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was found guilty Monday of “sustained sexual abuse” of a girl who initially approached him with questions about her faith. Nechemya Weberman, 54, looked down silently as the guilty verdict convicting him on 59 counts of sexual abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a child was read. Weberman faces 25 years in prison. The accuser—now 18 years old—detailed how the counselor molested her behind a locked office door from the age of 12 to 15. The verdict is a much-anticipated end to a controversial trial that has rocked the tight-knit ultra-Orthodox community.

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