Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Satmar Hasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman gets 103 years for sexually abusing teen girl 

A prominent Satmar Hasidic counselor was sentenced Tuesday to 103 years in prison for his repeated sexual abuse of a teenage girl during a three-year stretch of depravity.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, said nothing as the stunning jail term was handed down after his victim delivered a heart-wrenching statement inside a Brooklyn courtroom.

"I remember how I would look in the mirror," the victim recounted. "I saw a girl who didn't want to live in her own skin. A girl whose innocence was shattered at age 12.

"A sad girl who wanted to live a normal life, but instead was being victimized by a 50-year-old man who forced her to perform sickening acts again and again."

Weberman, who served as a counselor for members of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect, was convicted last month on 59 counts of abuse for the repeated attacks that occurred from 2007 to 2010.

The victim said she was forced to perform oral sex and act out scenes from pornographic movies up to four times a week when she met with Weberman for counseling.

The victim, now 18, went to authorities in February 2011 to detail the abuse that began when she was just 12 years old.

Weberman, who did not speak at the sentencing, was sent to Rikers Island without bail after his conviction. He faced a maximum sentence of 117 years behind bars.


Now, don't get me wrong. I'm kind of playing devil's advocate here. But, could this be why some Rabbanan have a different take on this than the secular world?

What does the TORAH say?
Terrible! He raped an unmarried minor, so we jump on the bandwagon and say "let him rot!" Maybe he deserves it, according to the law of the land.
But, correct me if I'm missing something. Doesn't the Torah require the rapist to just pay a fine and even marry her? So, when the law of the land and the Torah contradict, which one do we go by?

I mean, it seems from the literal words of the Torah that he gets away by merely paying a fine, and may even be compelled to marry his victim, cannot divorce her, ever!

Case in point. Let's say we live in an Arab country, where the penalty for theft is be-handing. Are we going to insist that our brother thief lose his hand or go according to the Torah?


He did admit being in locked room so our rabbis would have zero pity on and probably throw away the key


What penalty would Charles Hynes mete out to David HaMelech?


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