Brooklyn, NY - DA: Any Yeshivah Found Ostracizing Abuse Victims Will Be Prosecuted By Grand Jury
New York - At a press conference yesterday following the guilty verdict on all 60 counts against 54-year-old unlicensed counselor Nechemya Weberman, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes sent a stern warning to those in the Satmar community who attempt to harass, intimidate or otherwise prevent sex abuse victims from coming forward with their allegations to secular authorities, saying he will prosecute anyone who engages in this type of behavior.
βIf we are able to establish in any case where someone is told if you go to civil authorities, you will suffer consequences like being thrown out of a yeshiva school and not being allowed to go to a camp or taking away your right to marry,β Hynes said. βIf any of that is proven beyond a reasonable doubt, you can bet that Iβm gonna have a grand jury indict and weβre gonna prosecute to the maximum.β
Hynes also said he is optimistic that the Executive Committee of the State DAβs Association in New York State will support a mandatory reporting statute requiring clergy members to file a mandated report upon learning of any information about sex crimes involving a child. Currently, only licensed therapists and teachers are mandated reporters in New York State.
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