Rabbi Accused of Bribing Witness in Case Against Other Rabbi

By Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz (NBC News)
April 13, 2011

A Brooklyn rabbi is under arrest and facing charges of bribery and witness tampering for allegedly paying an individual to accuse another rabbi of sexual abuse.

Sources tell NBC New York that Samuel Kellner was arrested Tuesday night. The Brooklyn district attorney has scheduled a news conference but has declined comment ahead of the announcement.

Kellner is accused of paying a witness to say he was abused by Rabbi Baruch Lebovits, who was sentenced a year ago to 32 years in prison after he was convicted of child molestation.

Defense lawyers for Lebovits were expected in court Wednesday to try and argue their client should be released.

It was not immediately clear whether Kellner had an attorney.