Rabbi Convicted Of Molesting Daughter

An ultra-orthodox rabbi who cross-examined his own daughter at his sex-abuse trial has been convicted of molesting her as a child.

On Wednesday, a federal jury convicted 59-year-old Israel Weingarten of five counts of traveling outside the country to have sex with a minor.

The 27-year-old victim says she had been molested while living with her family in Hasidic communities in Belgium, and on trips to England and Israel.

Weingarten acted as his own lawyer. He claimed he was being falsely accused by a daughter who rebelled against a strict upbringing.

Jurors ultimately sided with the victim. Sentencing is scheduled for April 3.


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  • by disgusted on Mar 16, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    Another sanctimonious orthodox jew doing something terribly wrong while reform jews take the hit for just being jewish. And the orthodox look down on us? Hypocrites!
  • by sad2 on Mar 15, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    sometimes it is hard to report this against a father. I believe he did it as this has happened to me and it took a while to report...
  • by To anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    As a victim of sexual abuse, I can say it is very hard to bring charges against someone in your family especially a father or grandfather. These people are people you trust will do you know harm as a child. I admire this woman for doing this. I have yet got the courage to bring charges against my grandfather for molesting me for 10 yrs. I haven't seen him in 8 years.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    He is probably innocent and figured that the rabbi god would come to his aid. She sure waited quite a while to blow the whistle on him.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 14, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    I don't know if this is the truth or if the daughter is making it up, but this is a sick story, to say the least.
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