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Orthodox Counselor Sentenced to 103 Years in Sex Abuse Case

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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A religious counselor in Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community who was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to 103 years in prison.

Nechemya Weberman was convicted last month of sustained sexual abuse of a child. The trial put a spotlight on the insular Satmar Hasidic sect and its strict rules governing clothing, social customs and interaction with the outside world.  

The girl, now 18, testified for days about the abuse. She was sent to Weberman for counseling after questioning her faith and dressing  in violation of the sect's customs. She says the abuse lasted until she was 15.   

Weberman denied abusing her.

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