Jury Returns Monday in Abuse Case of NY Counselor

Associated Press
December 7, 2012

Deliberations resume Monday in the trial of a New York religious counselor accused of sexually abusing a girl who came to him with questions about her faith.

Nechemya (nuh-HEHM'-yuh) Weberman has been charged with sustained sexual abuse against a child.

The accuser, who's now 18, testified that she was abused from the time she was 12 to 15 behind his locked office door.

The Brooklyn jurors deliberated for about an hour after getting the case Friday.

The accuser says that she was afraid to come forward because Weberman was a powerful man in her ultra-orthodox Jewish community. The allegations surfaced in 2011 when she told a different counselor she had been abused.

Weberman is not a licensed counselor. He testified in his own defense that he "never, ever" touched her.