New York (CNN) — An unlicensed counselor in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was sentenced to 103 years in prison after sexually abusing a young girl in his care.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram handed Nechemya Weberman a 103-year-sentence without the prospect of parole. He was found guilty in December on 59 counts, including sexual conduct against a girl he was advising.
The abuse began in 2007, when the girl’s parents hired Weberman to help their then-12-year-old daughter. It continued — mostly in his office — until 2010, the district attorney’s office said in a news release.
“I suffered great psychological damage and fell into severe depression,” said the victim, who CNN is not naming because she is a minor.
The case brought scrutiny on the Satmar Hasidic community, many of whom live in the insular Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“We honestly and truly believe that this…
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