GUILTY

By Shmarya Rosenberg (Failed Messiah blog)
December 10, 2012

Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, the unlicensed therapist for Satmar's Va'ad Hatznius (modesty police), has been found guilty on all counts. Weberman sexually abused a girl Satmar schools forced her parents to send to Weberman for counseling. The girl was 12-years old when the abuse started and 15 when it stopped.

Oren Yaniv of the NY Daily News just tweeted the verdict as "guilty on all [60] counts."

Weberman was remanded into custody.

Yaniv tweeted that sentencing is set for January 9th.

The top charge alone carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, but there is no way now to know what Weberman's sentence will be.

The Wall Street Journal adds:

…In a packed courtroom, the jury of four men and eight women found Nechemya Weberman, 54 years old, guilty on all 60 counts of sexual abuse and child endangerment — the most serious that he sexually assaulted the young woman over a sustained period of time from when she was 12 to 15 years old.

Weberman faces up to the 25 years in prison on the most serious charges. His lawyers have said they plan to appeal the decision.…

Zaakah, the grassroots anti-abuse organization, just released the following statement:

We are pleased to announce that the Justice System of the State of NY has worked the way it should and Mr. Weberman has been convicted on all counts.

Let it be known that this case is not the end but rather a beginning. We will, to the best of our ability, stand behind those who come forward to end the cycle of abuse that has desecrated this community. Let this case send a message of courage, love, and support to those who seek justice for their violation and to prevent the victimization of more children.

Words cannot express our appreciation for all of the supporters who took time out of their busy lives to come out and show the victim - and the world - that the voices of the abused will no longer be silenced or stifled. If you have been hurt, or violated we support you and we will stand with you against those that seek to suppress your story and subvert the justice you deserve.

Our best wishes and heartfelt thanks to the courageous victim in this case - thank you for allowing us to stand beside you through this ordeal. Thank you for being a voice for so many who have been intimidated into silence. We hope that your courage and openness is a fortifying example to those who are struggling to come forward to pursue justice.

Update 2:16 pm CST – The defense reaction to the verdict as tweeted a couple minutes ago by Oren Yaniv of the NY Daily News:

"We firmly believe that the jury got an unfairly sanitized version of the facts and as a result the truth didn't come out."