Brooklyn Jewish Community Divided By Fundraising For Accused Child Molester

By Stephanie Tsoflias (WPIX 11 News)
May 15, 2012

There is a small section of Williamsburg Brooklyn where big controversy is dividing the Jewish Community.

Posters that have recently popped up on light poles and along private businesses, are promoting a fundraiser for accused child molester Nechemya Weberman.

All of the flyers are written in Yiddish or Hebrew. Some have the number 75 written in bold letters. It stands for the number of years his supporters believe he could face in jail if convicted. Other messages on the posters support the accused by slamming the accuser's claims that she was assaulted.

According to police, Weberman sexually abused a 16-year-old female, who gave her therapy to at times, by forcing her to perform oral sex and other sex acts on him, ever since she was 12 years old.

The accuser went to secular authorities, which is against Jewish law.

"The family feels very sick about the posters," said Hersey Deutsch, who is a friend of the accuser.

Weberman's attorney maintains his client's innocence and said he is not at all bothered by his supporters trying to help him during a difficult time.

"People want to throw a fundraiser for him because they recognize his ability to earn a living has been impaired. All the power to them," said George Farkas.

Weberman is due in Brooklyn court in June.

Supporters of the accuser called the Department of Sanitation since the posters popped up. They said the majority of them along Lee Avenue have been removed.