Rabbi denies molestation of pre-teen

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A Williamsburg rabbi pleaded not guilty last week to molesting a youngster over a four-year period.

Nechemya Weberman, 52, vehemently denied that he abused the now-16-year-old girl at his arraignment on Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

“He would die before he would molest anyone,” said Weberman’s attorney, George Farkas, calling the charges “horrendous, terrible, [and] repulsive.”

Farkas added that Weberman “has a very high standing in the community and has helped troubled families in the past.”

Then he blamed the victim, saying that the family that brought the charges was “dysfunctio­nal.”

But the victim told police that the sex abuse occurred between 2007 and 2010.

Victim advocate leaders say that child molestation remains a persistent and under-reported problem in many communities.

“People still have a hard time talking about it,” said Joel Engelman. “If it does happen, people have a hard time going through the authorities with it. The intimidation within the community is very strong.”

Weberman is a member of “Vaad Hatznius,” roughly translated as “modesty patrol,” a group that confronts members of the Hasidic community when they act immorally, sources confirmed.

He’s out on $15,000 and will be in court again on March 9.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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