Brooklyn, NY - DA To Charge 4 Orthodox Men Caught Taking Pix In Court
Last updated on: November 29, 2012 07:27 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Four Chasidic men are the latest to feel the wrath of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes who vowed to crack down on anyone who attempts to interfere in any cases of sexual abuse within the Jewish community.
The four men, who were seated in the courtroom today during the Nechemya Weberman sexual abuse trial, were observed by court officers illegally taking pictures of the plaintiff and defendant, according to reports on DNAinfo.com.
After being notified by the court officers, Judge John Ingram excused jurors from the courtroom and asked everyone in the room to turn in all electronic devices, including cellphones.
The four men were arrested after pictures of the victim were found on their phones.
VIN News has confirmed with the DA that the four men will be charged with criminal contempt in the second degree and face up to twelve months in jail if convicted.
It is unknown if any of the pictures had already been uploaded to the internet although one picture of the plaintiff taken today has reportedly surfaced on Twitter.
The woman, who is now married, has testified for several days about being sexually abused by Weberman, whom she was sent to for counseling for resisting some of her community’s traditional ways.
She had testified that Weberman, an unlicensed counselor in the community, locked her in a room and abused her, even while others were working in offices nearby.
Webermanâ€™s lawyers maintain she hatched the tale to get revenge against him and others for their restrictive garb and practices that she felt were overly stifling.
The Brooklyn DA’s office, which has come under scrutiny in the past regarding its handling of sexual abuse within the Jewish community, told VIN News that anyone who directly or indirectly attempts to harass, threaten or intimidate anyone in this case in any way will be vigorously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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