Ultra-Orthodox therapist sentenced to 103 years for sexual abuse of patient
New York, NY, United States (4E) – New York’s State Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced an ultra-Orthodox Jewish therapist to 103 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old patient from 2007 to 2010.
Justice John G. Ingram sentenced Nechemya Weberman, 54, after the member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg was convicted on Dec. 9 for 59 counts of sexual abuse. The original sentence was 117 years.
Weberman’s lawyer, George Farkas, plans to appeal the verdict.
Weberman was found guilty of engaging in oral sex with the victim during therapy sessions intended to make her religious and modest. He also reportedly groped her and acted out pornographic videos as part of the treatment.
The girl’s parents sought Weberman’s service, which was recommended by the victim’s school.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, charged seven Hasidic men with bribery and intimidation of the victim, now 18, married and studying in college. She testified for four days during the trial.