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Albany, NY - Another Child Comes Forward Accusing Former Chabad Teacher of Abuse

Published on: October 7, 2008 04:26 PM
By: CBS6 - dailygazzette
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Albany, NY - Another child has accused a local teacher of sexual abuse, city police said today.

Police spokesman Det. James Miller said the 13-year-old boy was identified as another alleged victim of Mr. Yaakov Weiss, 28, of Loudonville, during the initial investigation of a referral from the New York State Child Protection Agency.

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Weiss, a teacher at Chabad of Colonie and founder of the Chabad Hebrew School, was charged Sept. 29 with several counts of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child for alleged incidents involving another 13-year-old boy as a result of the initial referral.

The latest allegations involve an alleged incident that occurred in June on Whitehall Road, Miller said. Weiss was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child this afternoon in response to that allegation and was arraigned in City Criminal Court.

VIN News has confirmed that the teacher has been removed from the school a few weeks ago. The Chabad Organization needs to be applauded for standing up, by removing this teacher as soon as it learned of a potential accusation.



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 Oct 07, 2008 at 04:39 PM Anonymous Says:

people are getting smarter. The only way to deal with this is to go to the police

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:00 PM Anon Says:

oy. ad mosai?

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:00 PM Anonymous Says:

way to go Chabad - no protecting of these monsters.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

"VIN News has confirmed that the teacher has been removed from the school a few weeks ago, and is no longer a threat to Kids"

As long as he's not locked up in prison, he remains a threat to kids.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Let us all daven with kavanah this Yom KIppur that Hashem has Rachmanus on Klal Yisrael.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anon Says:

oy. ad mosai?

Until we become educated and expel these monsters from our midst, away from our children, to somewhere where they can only be a victim not an abuser no more.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:14 PM Enough Says:

It is time for the 'rabbis' to take responsibility for this mess which they have caused to their silence and running after bans on concerts instead of focusing on the real issues. May these bad things befall them and only then , maybe will they say something. Shame on them and shame o n all of you who support them. It is time to ban the rabbis!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:16 PM Anonymous Says:

I still dont know why his name is being said if its only indited not been convicted.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:09 PM Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof Says:

My understanding is that he was suspended from his teaching post months ago, and since the start of school a few weeks ago is not allowed into the building.

Its such a shame becuase prior to these allegations he was such a positive force for spreading Yiddishkeit in a wide area. But protecting the past and potential future victims must take priority over all other considerations. You are right VIN, the Chabad organization and school administration must be applauded for giving the charges the seriousness they deserve and for taking approriate action. Iy"H justice will be served.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:20 PM awacs Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

I still dont know why his name is being said if its only indited not been convicted.

To warn other people.
To try to find other victims.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 05:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Kudos to CHABAD indeed if they let him go right away. That is the way all the other organizations and schools should have done. Too bad and it says alot about Chabad. Obviously they have there smarts on first and foremost.
I hope the victims will be okay.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 06:07 PM because it's not news made up by vin Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

I still dont know why his name is being said if its only indited not been convicted.

his name is posted because you can search it in every albany newspaper and by googling rabbi in albany and assault. And to explain for the 100th time, police don't make arrests unless they have hard evidence!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 06:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
awacs Says:

To warn other people.
To try to find other victims.

to protect future children from being majorly scarred for life. and to make sure that this issue of child molesters ends for once and for all, by publicizing his name and making sure other child molesters will get scared away by the outcome of this story and get the message that it will not be tolerated!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 06:10 PM I agree Says:

Reply to #9  
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof Says:

My understanding is that he was suspended from his teaching post months ago, and since the start of school a few weeks ago is not allowed into the building.

Its such a shame becuase prior to these allegations he was such a positive force for spreading Yiddishkeit in a wide area. But protecting the past and potential future victims must take priority over all other considerations. You are right VIN, the Chabad organization and school administration must be applauded for giving the charges the seriousness they deserve and for taking approriate action. Iy"H justice will be served.

This is true, he did not even start off the school year as a teacher there.And yes, it's too abd, al the good work he has done because in so many other communities they would be keeping this a secret and trying to protect him for the sake of his good work and his name. This Rabbi weiss had to have thought about his repercussions before he acted in such a gross manner!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 06:43 PM My Heart is smiling Says:

that all this is coming ourt in the open !!!! bring all the ANIMALS OUT IN THE OPEN !!!!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 07:49 PM c.h. er Says:

I think it is very wrong to call these people animals and monsters. They are people with an illness, and they need to be helped to me cured. It's a machla. Calling him an animal and a monster and saying he should be locked up in jail i think is cruel. Don't worry, he will have his day in court, and if he is guilty, he will serve time. However, he still has a family and kids, and he is a person, not an animal or monster.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 08:18 PM Heimish Yid Says:

Let me tell you something, if he is sick as you say he should have gone for HELP, instead of abusing all those nebach innocent helpless kids, so DONT DEFEND HIM!! Ok? there is no excuse for abusing children! If someone feels he cant control himself he should go to a Dr. and get the help he needs! and if he is NOT SICK?? He just gave into his taavis!! So for shame for sticking up for all those ABUSERS! A shanda! A Bisha! An Umglick!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 08:14 PM Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof Says:

Reply to #16  
c.h. er Says:

I think it is very wrong to call these people animals and monsters. They are people with an illness, and they need to be helped to me cured. It's a machla. Calling him an animal and a monster and saying he should be locked up in jail i think is cruel. Don't worry, he will have his day in court, and if he is guilty, he will serve time. However, he still has a family and kids, and he is a person, not an animal or monster.

Well said!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 08:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
c.h. er Says:

I think it is very wrong to call these people animals and monsters. They are people with an illness, and they need to be helped to me cured. It's a machla. Calling him an animal and a monster and saying he should be locked up in jail i think is cruel. Don't worry, he will have his day in court, and if he is guilty, he will serve time. However, he still has a family and kids, and he is a person, not an animal or monster.

I should of said "acting like an animal & monster"

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
My Heart is smiling Says:

that all this is coming ourt in the open !!!! bring all the ANIMALS OUT IN THE OPEN !!!!

countless of frum boys and girls, men and women, are joining your celebration

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
c.h. er Says:

I think it is very wrong to call these people animals and monsters. They are people with an illness, and they need to be helped to me cured. It's a machla. Calling him an animal and a monster and saying he should be locked up in jail i think is cruel. Don't worry, he will have his day in court, and if he is guilty, he will serve time. However, he still has a family and kids, and he is a person, not an animal or monster.

I strongly question the yichus of any Yid who remains so calm when they hear a story like this.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 08:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

to protect future children from being majorly scarred for life. and to make sure that this issue of child molesters ends for once and for all, by publicizing his name and making sure other child molesters will get scared away by the outcome of this story and get the message that it will not be tolerated!

Not only is their a price to pay, but any adult who has abused or will abuse a child will end up being exposed, it may be a week, a month, a year, or even longer, but eventually justice will be served.

There is a growing group of very strong passionate, educated, and very capable people who are working to bring an end to this widespread plague, and because this is what g-d wants, it will ultimately prevail.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 07:58 PM c.h. er Says:

I think it is very wrong to call these people animals and monsters. They are people with an illness, and they need to be helped to me cured. It's a machla. Calling him an animal and a monster and saying he should be locked up in jail i think is cruel. Don't worry, he will have his day in court, and if he is guilty, he will serve time. However, he still has a family and kids, and he is a person, not an animal or monster.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 07:58 PM Avraham Abba Says:

The rabbis who focus on concerts while ignoring the monster molesters, are like cops who sit in the police cars while writing parking tickets, while someone is being stabbed in the alley behind them.
Not every victim complains.
WARNING: Unfortunately, some victims "grow up" to become molesters.
Therefore we are stopping the molester and those who would learned from him if he had not been stopped.
Ever notice that wife abusers were once children who watched their fathers beat their mothers?!

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 07:22 PM Policeman Says:

Thank you, VIN, to you and to Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, for having the courage to stand up and step forward and take the lead, and to encourage people to go the police, to eliminate this cancer from civilized society.
G'mar Sima Tovah and an Easy Fast to all.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 07:21 PM Anonymous Says:

To all of you comenting on

"Anonymous Says: I still dont know why his name is being said if its only indited not been convicted."

i just want to know,

How many of you will encorage VIN to post his name as being officially cleared from all wrong doing IF that turns out to be the case. not only for weiss but all cases that get the names posted online for elegidly doing this horible act.

and how many of you will read the story and comment...

and last Yes Put up Names and photos of convicted molesters with the curent address and phone number, that will send a clear message to those who are doing it, not to. but bashmutzing a person and his family is damage that is perminent.

yes the goyish press have the name a photos but a frum jew has halachas to follow one of witch if he breaks he must pay for damag done.

i was falsly acused in the past and till today it affects me, thank god it wasnt molesting a kid but yes you can get falsly acused.in the case of molesting you had to be a real idiot to get falsly acused and you gave a window of oppertunity for a acusation to take place. but do you need to have your life end for that reason.

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 10:22 PM Also in C.H. Says:

It doesn't matter if a molestor is Lubavitch, Satmar, Ger, Pupa, Lakewood, Monsey...a predator is a predator. I certainly don't know if he's guilty, but the police obviously think so. Maybe he's innocent. Maybe he's not. Time will tell & yes, kids must be protected & people need to be aware so they can protect their children. If he's innocent then a collective Mechila must be asked. If he's guilty, we have saved other kids. This rule must apply to every "molestor."

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 Oct 07, 2008 at 11:21 PM c.h. er Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

I strongly question the yichus of any Yid who remains so calm when they hear a story like this.

question my yichus from today till tommorrow - Its a good one, and I am very proud of it!
I am not calm about such a story, I just think people are viewing possible molestors as animals and monsters, and really they are people who have a disease. It is not normal to have such tayvis (as another poster mentioned) so any way you look at it, it's a disease. I think its devastating, and as a parent I would never want such a thing to happen to my child, but it doesn't change the fact that the molestor is not an animal or a monster, just a very ill person who needs help.

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 Oct 08, 2008 at 12:43 AM almsot well said Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

To all of you comenting on

"Anonymous Says: I still dont know why his name is being said if its only indited not been convicted."

i just want to know,

How many of you will encorage VIN to post his name as being officially cleared from all wrong doing IF that turns out to be the case. not only for weiss but all cases that get the names posted online for elegidly doing this horible act.

and how many of you will read the story and comment...

and last Yes Put up Names and photos of convicted molesters with the curent address and phone number, that will send a clear message to those who are doing it, not to. but bashmutzing a person and his family is damage that is perminent.

yes the goyish press have the name a photos but a frum jew has halachas to follow one of witch if he breaks he must pay for damag done.

i was falsly acused in the past and till today it affects me, thank god it wasnt molesting a kid but yes you can get falsly acused.in the case of molesting you had to be a real idiot to get falsly acused and you gave a window of oppertunity for a acusation to take place. but do you need to have your life end for that reason.

well said except for the fact that he is not being wrongly accused unfortunately.

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 Oct 08, 2008 at 03:33 AM Anonymous Says:

If all of this exposing is happening how are there known people on the sex offender registry living in Boro Park and it isn't posted all over???? How many people living in Boro Park and Flatbush check the sex offender registry??? Don't you think that someone should post these elsewhere so everyone is aware??? These people are living like normal go to shul, shopping, etc, and unless there names are known could potentially pick on another child. These people are CONVICTED sex offenders.

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 Oct 08, 2008 at 02:32 AM 4truth Says:

Reply to #28  
c.h. er Says:

question my yichus from today till tommorrow - Its a good one, and I am very proud of it!
I am not calm about such a story, I just think people are viewing possible molestors as animals and monsters, and really they are people who have a disease. It is not normal to have such tayvis (as another poster mentioned) so any way you look at it, it's a disease. I think its devastating, and as a parent I would never want such a thing to happen to my child, but it doesn't change the fact that the molestor is not an animal or a monster, just a very ill person who needs help.

A disease? The Torah was written with the knowledge of human nature, no matter how debase it may be and therefore there are commandments that refer to actions that would be very debase. Yes, people have disgusting tayvos, and if so, they must be controlled. There is no disease, it's definitely deviant, but it's a crime just as any other crime.

It is impossible and counterproductive to prevent young boys from being with a teacher, however, at this point, it would be advisable that no teacher ever be alone with any student. And there should always be open doors.

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 Oct 08, 2008 at 01:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
c.h. er Says:

question my yichus from today till tommorrow - Its a good one, and I am very proud of it!
I am not calm about such a story, I just think people are viewing possible molestors as animals and monsters, and really they are people who have a disease. It is not normal to have such tayvis (as another poster mentioned) so any way you look at it, it's a disease. I think its devastating, and as a parent I would never want such a thing to happen to my child, but it doesn't change the fact that the molestor is not an animal or a monster, just a very ill person who needs help.

I understand you dont want to call molesters animals. You are right its an illness, but it has a cruel touch to it. They dont care if they hurt a child, even its their own. They protect themselves first...

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 Oct 08, 2008 at 03:58 PM yiddishe bubby Says:

Reply to #16  
c.h. er Says:

I think it is very wrong to call these people animals and monsters. They are people with an illness, and they need to be helped to me cured. It's a machla. Calling him an animal and a monster and saying he should be locked up in jail i think is cruel. Don't worry, he will have his day in court, and if he is guilty, he will serve time. However, he still has a family and kids, and he is a person, not an animal or monster.

yes, we call them names because we are emotional and distraght. We may feel sorry for their wives and children, but......... we have to put these sick people away and it wouldn't be a bad idea to punish all the rabbis, principals, wives, etc. who knew what was going on and didn't do anything about it, those are really the criminals. Now all of this is coming out because these nebech victims have people such as Rabbi Horowitz and Dov Hikind and others who believe them and don't call them crazy. I guess there's finally no room under the carpet, B'H

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 Oct 09, 2008 at 08:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
because it's not news made up by vin Says:

his name is posted because you can search it in every albany newspaper and by googling rabbi in albany and assault. And to explain for the 100th time, police don't make arrests unless they have hard evidence!

The court system's definition of "hard evidence" differs from the Torah's

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 Oct 09, 2008 at 11:13 PM Anonymous Says:

we want messiach now

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 Oct 10, 2008 at 01:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
Anonymous Says:

The court system's definition of "hard evidence" differs from the Torah's

well- when we see how the beis din deals with these situations, this is a good enough cause to run to the legal system.

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 Oct 10, 2008 at 04:34 PM jordansw Says:

It's true it's time for rabbonim to form new institutions to deal with these types of cases. A single jurisdiction court specially staffed by rabbis from many different groups (e.g., Satmar, Lithuanian, Lubavtich), perhaps serving on a rotating basis, who are experts in this particular subject matter and the disciplines providing wisdom on it (e.g., psychology and psychiatry) and understand the intersection between the secular and Torah legal systems, could form the basis for the building of a cross-community court whose scope of authority is increasingly widened to other "trouble" areas, eventually forming the model for how to reconstitute the Sanhedrin.

If the rabbis want klal Yisrael to adhere to halachah in this area, they should make the compliance choices easier for the people. That's effective governance in my view.

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 Oct 11, 2008 at 10:56 PM R M Says:

I know that this conversation ended a while ago, i'd just like to add that i know, from first-hand experience, that pedophiles and child rapists are INCURABLE!

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 Oct 12, 2008 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

First, I feel bad for victims of sickos like this.

Then, I feel bad that there have to be sickos like this in the world who are basically not able to be rehabilitated.

It is so hard to see that Hashem allows evil to happen to victims like this and the cause is a sickness only curable by Hashem. Please, Hashem! Heal the victims, and heal these sickos so they do tshuvah and this doesn't happen anymore to anyone! It's not possible b'teva.

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