Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Activist Files Civil Lawsuit Against Charedi Attacker, Refutes DA’s Claim That His Injuries Were Only Temporary
Brooklyn, NY - A well known anti-child abuse crusader who was doused with bleach by a Williamsburg resident filed court papers, suing his assailant for unspecified damages following the December, 2012 incident.
As previously reported on VIN News, Meilich Schnitzler received five years probation in a plea deal for throwing bleach in the face of well known advocate for child abuse victims, Rabbi Nuchum Rosenberg, just days after a jury found Nechemya Weberman guilty on all 59 counts he was charged with.
Schnitzler had originally pled guilty in the attack but changed his plea after being offered a deal by the district attorney’s office, who agreed to let Schnitzler off without jail time since it was his first offense and Rosenberg’s injuries were not permanent.
But in the lawsuit filed Wednesday Rosenberg claims that he suffered severe and permanent damages to his eye, leaving with constant pain and rendering him substantially disabled. According to the complaint filed in Supreme Court in Brooklyn, Rosenberg has needed both medication and physical therapy, has become “substantially disabled,” and has experienced severe mental anguish as a result of the attack.
Rosenberg is seeking actual and punitive damages and hopes to also recover court costs from the 2012 jury trial.
In 2008 Rosenberg was ostracized by ultra-Orthodox Jewish communal authorities because he maintains a telephone number that features his lectures in Yiddish and he has publicly identified perpetrators of sexual abuse.
The case is being presented by attorney Robert Tolchin of The Berkman Law Office. it was not immediately known the name of the attorney representing Schnitzler.
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