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Three men accused of trying to buy victim’s silence in rabbi sex abuse case

The Brooklyn Paper

Prosecutors accused four Orthodox Jewish men of trying to use threats and bribes to convince a victim and a witness to drop a sexual assault case against an influential Williamsburg rabbi.

Brooklyn residents Abraham Rubin, 48, and brothers Joseph, Jacob, and Hertzka Berger were indicted in criminal court last Thursday for allegedly pressuring the victim and her boyfriend to not cooperate with law enforcement over the explosive sexual molestation case they filed against ultra-Orthodox rabbi Nechemya Weberman last year.

Rubin bore the brunt of the charges for allegedly trying to buy the victim’s silence with a $500,000 bribe and advising them to flee the country. He even offered to provide the witness with an attorney who could help them learn techniques so they could be uncooperative at the trial, according to authorities.

Prosecutors slapped Rubin with four counts of bribing a witness, two counts of tampering with a witness, and one count of coercion. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

The Berger brothers received a separate indictment for pressuring the victim and the witness to stop helping law enforcement and threatening to close the witness’s kosher restaurant, according to investigators.

Jacob Berger allegedly went to the witness’s diner and ripped off its rabbi-issued kosher certification. The witness has since closed his Williamsburg cafe.

Joseph Berger received a charge of aggravated harassment. He faces four years in prison if convicted. His siblings face charges of coercion and one year in prison if convicted.

Civic and religious leaders have chastised Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes for concealing the identity of sex abusers in Brooklyn’s strictly conservative Hasidic communities — but Hynes said the indictments prove his office “will not tolerate individuals who try to interfere with the pursuit of justice.”

“Intimidation of victims and witnesses in sex abuse cases in the Orthodox community is what has made prosecuting these cases so difficult,” said Hynes. “Victims were afraid to come forward because they would be threatened and shunned in their communities. My office spares no effort to conceal and protect the identities of sex crimes victims, regardless of their cultural or religious background.”

A trial for Weberman, a Hasidic therapist who allegedly molested a 12-year-old girl from 2007 to 2010 during counseling sessions in his home-office, was set to begin this month but has been delayed.

Weberman and his attorney vehemently deny the molestation charges.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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K says:
Very sad,
June 22, 2012, 9:36 am
Weberman from Flatbush says:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/94050797/MY-COUSIN-NECHEMYA

Nechemya was a shofar waiting to be blown.
June 22, 2012, 10:20 am
jay from pslope says:
wow, how anyone could defend a child molester, let alone go to such lengths is simply beyond anything I could ever understand.
June 22, 2012, 12:33 pm
ENOUGH from Wburg says:
This community is so backwards and internally hostile towards women its absolutely sickening...

Why don't you stop disallowing usage of the internet and Facebook for young people (especially young women)? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/brooklyn-high-school-fines-students-for-using-facebook_n_1382964.html)

Why don't you allow women in power to be shown in your newspapers (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/09/hillary-clinton-der-tzitung-removed-situation-room_n_859254.html)?

Why do you make women cross the street when a man walks down the street opposite you? (http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/41/dtg_hasidicsidewalks_2011_10_14_bk.html)

Why do you make women either stand or sit at the back of your buses? (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/nyregion/bus-segregation-of-jewish-women-prompts-review.html)

Why do you regulate the style of dress for your women? Why won't you shake a woman's hand when you conduct business with her? Why don't you join the 21st century and treat women as equals? Why don't you appreciate your women and treat them as equals?

I'm sure these are only just a few of the examples of how backwards and archaic your culture is. It has nothing to do with Judaism as I have a number of Jewish friends and family members that find this group of people and the men in charge equally reprehensible. As a man I think the men and leaders of this community are despicable and can hardly call themselves men at all. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
June 22, 2012, 12:50 pm
JudahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:
How utterly disgusting!
June 22, 2012, 1:58 pm
Skellatosis from Bk says:
What pigs. They will get what's coming to them.
June 22, 2012, 2:41 pm
nancy from coney says:
if you hassic orthdox in bklyn you get away with everything they own bklyn and charles hynes is in their back pocket helooks theother way while they do what they want that isnot a religion its a cult and they own the police department especially the 66th fort surrender
June 22, 2012, 10:35 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
They do not recognize civil law - that is the main thing to get your arms around - I know many Chasssidim and more that a few who left =-if you are not of them you are not considered human - i am serious.

when i read about all the kids getting there twinkies in a knot because they cannot have brunch and drink before anyone elses in NY state i shake my head
June 23, 2012, 9:37 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
They do not recognize civil law - that is the main thing to get your arms around - I know many Chasssidim and more that a few who left =-if you are not of them you are not considered human - i am serious.

when i read about all the kids getting there twinkies in a knot because they cannot have brunch and drink before anyone elses in NY state i shake my head
June 23, 2012, 9:37 pm
ENOUGH from Wburg says:
Old time - How does brunch have anything to do with a rape?
June 25, 2012, 2:04 pm
Jane from Lefferts says:
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Enough of these slimeballs getting away with everything.
June 30, 2012, 8:31 am
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
enough - it is a matter of civil/civic priorities - these creeps are a bigger probelm than whiny wittle white bois kvetching over when they can drink in the street.
July 1, 2012, 10:11 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
enough - it is a matter of civil/civic priorities - these creeps are a bigger probelm than whiny wittle white bois kvetching over when they can drink in the street.
July 1, 2012, 10:11 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
enough - it is a matter of civil/civic priorities - these creeps are a bigger probelm than whiny wittle white bois kvetching over when they can drink in the street.
July 1, 2012, 10:12 pm
ENOUGH from Wburg says:
Old time - You're a complete freaking moron. Of course this is more important of an issue / problem than brunch, nobody is disputing that. Your commentary adds no relevance to anything at all and your attempt at soapboxing on a totally unrelated issue in this forum is disrespectful to this young woman and her family. You are aware that the criminal justice system has nothing to do with CB1 right?

If you have commentary (misguided as it may be) regarding issues related your hatred of the brunchers keep it to the appropriate forum.
July 2, 2012, 12:10 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
enough - schemckela - point is idiot whiney white bois from ohiio get more bent out of shape about drinking in the streets than perverts around the corner - and this story was not covered here when there were fund raisers - enough you sound like a shill for the muffed mouth men under question here - i will comment as freely as i want as in the usa this is not sharia/talmudic law - so kma my White Anglo Saxon Catholic Ass :)
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and again -0 they do not accept civil law but they will go to jaill and have accomodations and delivered Kosher meals -= so who got fooked?
July 2, 2012, 11:42 pm

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