Hynes: 103-year Sentence for Hasidic Therapist Likely To Be Reduced

By Azi Paybarah (Capital NY)
January 23, 2013

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes won a major victory yesterday when a Hasidic therapist accused of sexually abusing a young girl was sentenced to 103 years in prison.

The 103-year sentence against was considered a "landmark." And as the Times reported, "This sentence is the longest a Brooklyn court has imposed on a member of the ultra-Orthodox community for sexual abuse of a child."

But the 103-year sentence for Nechemya Weberman will probably be reduced to 50, said Hynes in a radio interview airing at 8 p.m. tonight.

Speaking to radio host Zev Brenner, Hynes said he asked the court to impose the maximum sentence possible at the victim's request.

"But we said that we that we understood that it would probably be reduced by the appellate division, to 50 years," Hynes told the radio host. "But we were following her desire that it be a maximum sentence. But it will be reduced to 50 years."

Hynes has been accused by critics of treating sexual abuse cases in the ultra Orthodox Jewish community differently than in the rest of the borough, because his office refuses to make public the names of the accused and the convicted. Hynes and his defenders have defended that policy by saying the ultra Orthodox community is so insular that naming the perpetrator would eventually lead to repercussions for the victim, and thereby dissuade other potential victims from coming forward.