Thursday, December 06, 2012
Weberman testifies he 'never ever' sexually assaulted young girl, says he didn’t know anything about lingerie bought by charity he founded
A prominent Hasidic counselor said he "never ever" sexually assaulted a beautiful Brooklyn girl, and testified he didn't know anything about lingerie bought by a charity he founded.
Nechemya Weberman, taking the stand in a child-sex-abuse case, acknowledged Wednesday that he founded a charity and used it to pay for his salary and his kids' education.
Weberman stands accused of forcing a Brooklyn teen to perform oral sex, as well as watch and reenact porn, over a three-year period, beginning when she was 12.
The 54-year-old defendant testified he did not inappropriately touch the alleged victim, who turned 18 Wednesday.
Prosecutors also raised the specter that Weberman may have sexually abused other teens — allegations that were also denied in court.
Presenting himself as a "rabbinical counselor," Weberman, said he started a not-for-profit organization called B'lev V'nefesh, Hebrew for "in heart and soul," around 2000. He said it was used to raise money for those who can't afford his services.
He was then confronted with financial records showing that the charity's credit cards were used at BMG Corset & Lingerie, The Lingerie Shop and other undergarment stores.
"Me, myself, I'm not aware of this," Weberman said. "This is the first time I heard about it."
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