|The Four Musketeers|
June 21, 2012 1:47 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Four men have been charged with intimidating witnesses in an Ultra-Orthodox sex abuse case involving a spiritual adviser accused of molesting a teenage girl for years, according to prosecutors.
The men apparently tried to bribe the boyfriend of the young accuser with $500,000 in an attempt to get the alleged victim to drop the charges against Rabbi Nechemya Weberman or move to Israel, prosecutors said.
1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports
The boyfriend refused to accept the money and instead went to authorities, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
The men also allegedly threatened to shut down the boyfriend’s Kosher restaurant, WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported.
WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell On The Case
The men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including witness intimidation and coercion.
Bail has been set at $75,000 for Abraham Rubin and $5,000 for brothers Jacob, Joseph and Hertzka Berger.
Weberman, 53, is accused of raping and abusing the girl for nearly three years starting when she was 12-years-old. The girl is now 17.
Weberman has pleaded not guilty to committing a criminal sex act, rape, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.
“This was an attempt to buy the silence of Weberman‘s victim as well as another witness who knew what she had gone through,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said.
The indictments come at a time when Hynes has been under fire for refusing to name charged abusers to protect victims and their families from being ostracized by the community.
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Abraham Rubin|Hertzka Berger|Jacob Berger|Joseph Berger.|Nechemya Weberman|Rape|Sexual Abuse|