Four men have been charged in two indictments with attempting to intimidate and bribe a teenaged witness and her boyfriend regarding a sexual assault case that occurred within Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.
In one case, the defendant, Abraham Rubin, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment to charges that he attempted to bribe the alleged victim and her boyfriend with a half a million dollars if they recant testimony that unlicensed psychotherapist Nechemya Weberman abused the girl repeatedly, starting when she was 12.
In another case, Jacob, Hertzka, and Joseph Berger plead not guilty at their arraignment to charges that they tried to intimidate the victim and her boyfriend by telling the boyfriend that if he didn’t stop cooperating with law enforcement, his restaurant would lose its kosher certification.
All four defendants have been released on bail.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said at a news conference, “Intimidation of victims and witnesses in sex-abuse cases in the Orthodox community is what has made prosecuting these cases so difficult. Hopefully, these indictments serve as an example that we will not tolerate individuals who try to interfere with the pursuit of justice,” the Chicago Tribune reported.