By Simone Weichselbaum and Oren Yaniv (NY Daily News)
December 14, 2012
Backers of convicted child molester Nechemya Weberman have wreaked vengeance upon the teenage victim’s family and her sympathizers, sources told the Daily News.
Since Weberman was convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse Monday, his supporters in the insular Satmar Hasidic sect have told customers to boycott the victim’s parents’ businesses, pulled advertising dollars from an Orthodox radio show and spat at an anti-molestation activist.
“It’s getting serious,” a law enforcement source told The News.
Meanwhile, the pervert’s posse took out a two-page spread in the Williamsburg-based Satmar community’s largest newspaper in an effort to raise $1 million for an appeal.
“The entire community is sitting on that defendant’s bench God forbid,” reads the two-page spread in the Der Yid newspaper. “In the coming weeks we must come up with a million dollars to be able to continue pursue the case to rescue the ‘scapegoat’ Nechemya.”
Sources close to the case say the unnamed group hopes to hire famed criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who helped get O.J. Simpson acquitted of murder.
Weberman faces a maximum of 117 years in the slammer for subjecting a young girl he was paid to counsel to three years of closed-door molestation sessions, starting in 2007 when she was 12.
Prominent Orthodox leader Nechemya Weberman, convicted of sexually molesting teen girl during counseling sessions, faces up to 117 years in prison.
The victim testified during the trial that after she filed a February 2011 criminal complaint against the prominent counselor, her father’s business listing operation started bleeding clients, her nieces were kicked out of their yeshiva, and three men stormed her husband’s restaurant to rip off its kosher certificate. The restaurant is now shuttered.
Women also began to shun her mother’s side business selling Mary Kay cosmetics.
“Some have gone. And some have come,” the mother shrugged.
After the guilty verdict, a text message began circulating in the community. Translated from Yiddish by The News, it reads:
“Please send around to at least 10 people. If you’re going to (name redacted) to make your face . . . you are a part of killing the Jewish Nation and five kids are home without a father,” referring to Weberman’s children.
“The pressure — it’s unbelievable,” the victim’s mother told The News on Thursday. “I can’t take it anymore.”
But the victim’s family members aren’t the only people bearing the brunt of the verdict.
Longtime anti-sex abuse blogger Nathan (Nuchem) Rosenberg filed complaint after bleach attack.
Zev Brenner, a radio personality who hosts a popular show called “Talkline” that caters to Orthodox Jews, said he already lost one sponsor, and is fighting to keep others.
His crime? He interviewed Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes about the case.
“We had the DA on and we had the victim’s husband [after the verdict],” Brenner said. “One person is not happy about it and won’t advertise.”
Brenner said his program, which has been on the air for 31 years, tries to be impartial, but reporting on the high-profile trial has been tough, he said.
“He has a vocal group of supporters,” Brenner said on the convicted perv. “People are upset.”
On Tuesday, longtime anti-sex abuse blogger Nathan (Nuchem) Rosenberg filed a complaint against Meilech Schnitzler — who ultimately surrendered — for splashing bleach in his eye. The blogger accused Schnitzler’s father of being a pedophile.
Rosenberg told The News he had been spat at by several people earlier that day.