crimes and misdemeanors

Weberman Denies Sexual Abuse, But Not Raiding His Charity

epa03146040 Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray next to the grave of Rabbi Elimelech Weissblum, in Lezajsk (Lizenks), in southern Poland, 15 March 2012. Every year on the 21st day of Adar (the beginning of March), Hasidim from all over the world make pilgrimages to Lizensk to visit the grave of zaddik Elimelech Weissblum and ask him for health and success in business. EPA/DAREK DELMANOWICZ POLAND OUT Photo: DAREK DELMANOWICZ/Corbis

The ultra-Orthodox man who’s accused of sexually abusing a girl he counseled testified on Wednesday that he “never ever” did so, but he didn’t deny dipping into the funds of a charity he founded, paying his kids’ private school tuition from the nonprofit’s coffers. “Did you use this not-for-profit for your own personal gain?” Assistant District Attorney Kevin O’Donnel asked Nechemya Weberman, according to the New York Daily News. “Yes I did,” he replied. Weberman was less forthcoming about the lingerie shop purchases charged to the nonprofit’s credit cards: “This is the first time I heard about it.”

Weberman Denies Abuse, Not Raiding His Charity