The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions – A Sex Offender Sues a Rabbi for Protecting Children

Compounding the Cruelty of Abuse by Entertaining a Lawsuit Against one Brave Rabbi Willing to Stand up and Protect Abused Children. 

We at LM hope that THE DAILY BEAST does not object to our decision to post the entire article from top to bottom. We would like to see rabbis and parents, teachers and other children applauded and praised for coming forward to protect abused children.

The children are precluded from suing the Rabbis who abuse them, the rabbis who use their Rabbinical stature as a tool for abuse, a corridor into the destruction of the very children they are entrusted to protect.

One  Rabbi, knowing that Israel does not have a sex offender registry, tried to protect those children by tweeting about their abuser. He is now embroiled in a lawsuit over it.

We feel strongly that if the courts do not dismiss this lawsuit, they are encouraging silence. They are complicit in the crimes committed against the abused children.

We feel it is important to send the message that the courts, the communities and the families will commend Rabbis who come forward, thereby encouraging them to do so. Anything short of that, in our view, is just another act of cruelty  and injustice against abused children.

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Sex Offender Sues Rabbi for Tweets Alerting Families in Israel

Israel has no national sex-offender registry, so Rabbi Horowitz thought he was helping by tweeting to families about a convicted sex offender in their midst.

One would think that a convicted sex offender might want to stay out of the courts in his new country of residence. 

Not so with Yona Weinberg. 

 

The Brooklyn sex offender, who moved to Israel in 2014 the day after police knocked on his door over new charges, is suing a New York rabbi for defamation after the rabbi, Yakov Horowitz, tweeted Weinberg’s whereabouts in Jerusalem. Israel does not have a public sex-offender registry, so the rabbi, a child advocate, warned residents via Twitter that Weinberg was a dangerous presence in their midst.

 

Weinberg’s Brooklyn-based lawyer, Samuel Karliner, who helped him manage sex-offender registry requirements while he was in the United States, said his client did not flee to Israel, as Horowitz’s tweets contended, and that he had been planning to move there with his family for some time.

Few days ago, I tweeted warning from magainu
Har Nof residents:
Beware of Convicted sex offender yona Weinberg.http://magenprotects.org/statement-yona-jason-weinberg/ 

deeply troubled some Har Nof ppl suppressing efforts to warn residents of Convicted sex offender yona Weinberg.http://magenprotects.org/statement-yona-jason-weinberg/ 

 

After more than a year of legal wrestling, the two are set to appear in a Jerusalem court on Nov. 23 for a preliminary hearing.

 

Rabbi Horowitz is flying to Israel to defend himself.  

 

“The ticket is purchased. Let the games begin,” said Horowitz, founding dean of Orthodox yeshiva Darchei Noam in Rockland County, about 25 miles north of New York City.

 

The rabbi said he must fight the charges to avoid setting a dangerous legal precedent in a country that has become a destination of choice for some Orthodox child molesters, due to its open-door policies toward all Jews.  

 

A loss would mean “every sex offender would be given the script: Molest kids, move to Israel, sue anyone who posts anything about you,” said Horowitz, who is also the founder and director of the Center for Jewish Family Life/Project Y.E.S., a mentorship program for at-risk teens in New York.

 

Israeli courts leveled a $55,000 default judgment against Horowitz in June 2015 after he didn’t show up in court. He said was unaware that he was being sued because he never opened the documents that a stranger threw at him while he was in the middle of teaching hundreds of people in a Jerusalem lecture hall late at night. 

 

 “I assumed it was threatening stuff for my advocacy, which has happened before,” he said of the papers.

  

He ended up paying several hundred dollars to have the judgment removed, money he could have spent settling the case, he said. But that would have required him to admit wrongdoing and remain quiet. 

 

He refused. “I will fight this until the end,” he said. Otherwise, “People will be terrified to post information about sex offenders.”

 

To win a defamation case in Israel, a plaintiff must only prove that degrading things had been said or written about him. Unlike in the United States, he does not have to prove his reputation, livelihood, or social standing have been harmed, legal experts said.

Horowitz has already spent more than $5,000 in legal fees on the case. 

“The fact that it’s already cost him financially is a concern,” said Manny Waks, founder of Kol v’Oz, an Israel-based nonprofit that aims to prevent child sexual abuse among Jews worldwide. “It may embolden others to try to muzzle other victim advocates.”

Indeed, Weinberg silenced Jerusalem’s Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn by threatening him with a defamation lawsuit in May. Eidensohn, a psychologist and child advocate who had posted newspaper accounts of the 2009 conviction and warnings that included Weinberg’s address in Har Nof, immediately deleted all mentions of the convicted sex offender from his blog.

Weinberg’s lawsuit against Horowitz centers on statements the rabbi tweeted a year ago.  

Magen, the Israeli child-protection agency, posted an online warning in January 2014 that Weinberg had moved to Har Nof, a Jerusalem neighborhood that’s home to thousands of children. The rabbi soon became worried they weren’t being adequately protected. 

“A lot of people there don’t have internet access,” he said of the Orthodox community. “So rather than go online and check the registry, they’ll just ask someone in the neighborhood if it’s true.”

 

Apparently, he said, a few people heard Weinberg was a nice guy with no criminal background and, if they heard about it at all, didn’t take Magen’s warnings seriously.

So in January 2015, Horowitz tweeted, “Har Nof residents, Convicted sex offender Yona Weinberg is LEVEL 3. Treat him as a terrorist with a machete.”

 

A year earlier, axe-swinging men killed six people in a gruesome attack at a Har Nof synagogue. Horowitz said he referenced the event to emphasize that Weinberg posed a threat to their children. 

 

In the defamation suit, Weinberg’s Israeli lawyer, Eitan Lehman, took issue with the comparison. “How dare Horowitz use the Har Nof massacre, when everyone is on high alert, to compare my client to such people?” he wrote in the complaint.

At the time, Weinberg said Har Nof neighbors began harassing him after Horowitz posted the warning.   

Lehman did not respond to email requests for comment. 

 

Update: Weinberg, who didn’t respond to two Daily Beast requests for comment sent via email, returned a message after the publication of this article Sunday. In an email, he wrote, “The law permits me and my family to live in peace and that’s what I’m looking to do.” He also denied that he is a pedophile and wrote, “There hasn’t been a complaint about me since 2008 for something that allegedly occurred in 2007—that’s almost a decade. The conviction, itself, was for inappropriate touching—nothing forced.”

Horowitz stands by his tweet. 

 

“He absolutely is as dangerous as a terrorist. With a terrorist, you see they are killing somebody but with child molesters, no one sees. And for the victim, life as they knew it was never the same,” said Horowitz, who has advocated on behalf of child sex-abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community for nearly 15 years and has written several books on parenting.

 

Karliner, who is not representing Weinberg in the defamation suit, said his client has taken to the courts because he just wants to be to be left alone.

“They want to ruin him,” Karliner said of “Horowitz and his lackeys.” “Anything they can do boost their own credibility, they do.”

 

Karliner continued, “Was he convicted of a misdemeanor several years ago in the U.S.? Yes. Was he punished? Yes. That’s it.” Karliner denies that Weinberg is a pedophile and said, “He’s never been convicted of any sexual-abuse act.”

 

In fact, Weinberg, 38, a former bar mitzvah tutor and licensed social worker, was convicted in 2009 of nine counts for victimizing two boys he was charged with teaching—seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse (forcible touching) and two of child endangerment.

At the time, The Daily News reported that one boy was molested in his home and in a synagogue’s ritual bath, the other in a van and yeshiva stairwell. Weinberg spent about a year in jail in 2009 for the charges, and upon release in 2010, he was designated a Level 3 sex offender, a status indicating the highest risk of repeat offense and an immediate threat to public safety. 

 

He returned to live in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

 

In 2014, New York City police were pursuing him on a new misdemeanor charge that he physically assaulted an 11-year-old boy, pushing him into a synagogue coat rack and injuring his back. The child had filed an earlier molestation complaint against Weinberg with the police, but the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office did not charge him related to that complaint, according to The Journal News.

 

When police went to Weinberg’s Brooklyn apartment to arrest him, his wife said he was not home and referred them to his attorney, according to the Daily News. Shortly after, his wife and four children joined him in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof.    

“In the event he returns to New York, he will be charged,” Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office spokesman Oren Yaniv told The Journal News in August.

Law-enforcement sources say it is unlikely that Weinberg would be extradited on a misdemeanor charge.

 

Update: In his email after this article was published, Weinberg noted that in previous coverage of his story, police denied they had a warrant out for his arrest. He also shot down reports that the district attorney could arrest him without one. “Anyone with a basic understanding of government will assume that the reason the district attorney is speaking about the case, especially the way you phrased it, is because they already have a warrant. Saying the district attorney has a warrant keeps with Horowitz’s narrative.”

Since Horowitz began posting updates about Weinberg, Horowitz says two men have come forward with allegations that Weinberg acted lewdly around them when they were children. One of those men told The Daily Beast that when he was a 12-year-old student, Weinberg obsessively talked about masturbation and aggressively cornered him to give him “wedgies,” encouraging the boy to do the same to him, all while panting furiously.  Neither alleged victim reported Weinberg to the police.

Weinberg isn’t the first sex offender to take advantage of Israel’s Law of Return, which welcomes anyone who is Jewish to come to Israel without a rigorous background check, said Waks of Kol v’Oz.

 

“The overwhelming majority of Jews are law-abiding citizens and those who immigrate to Israel do so for legitimate reasons. However, some have a checkered past and exploit the system to evade justice,” he said.

 

Waks said he is aware of multiple sex offenders—some convicted and in other cases alleged perpetrators—who have sought refuge in Israel. Perhaps the most notorious was Orthodox Rabbi Abraham Mondrowitz, who left Brooklyn for Israel in 1985 after being charged with sodomizing four boys. Israel police arrested him in 2007, but as of 2010, his extradition was still reportedly stuck in the Israel courts. He remains free in Israel. Malka Leifer, the former principal of an ultra-Orthodox girls school in Australia who was accused of 74 charges of sexually abusing the girls in her case, was recently ruled mentally unfit to face extradition and had her Israeli home detention lifted earlier this year. 

Leifer faces 74 criminal charges filed in Australian courts by at least nine girls. 

 

“It’s impossible to estimate the number due to the lack of information available at the moment. This is one of the several tasks we hope to achieve at Kol v’Oz,” he said.

One recent arrival is Stefan Colmer, a Brooklyn sex offender who spent nearly three years in jail for a 2009 conviction for “deviate sexual intercourse and sexual contact” with two 13-year-old boys. He faced pressure from the Orthodox community in Passaic, New Jersey, where he moved this summer. Rabbis there distributed a letter with his local address to alert congregations of his potential danger. 

 

“So what did he do? He moved to sex-offender heaven in Jerusalem,” said Horowitz, who regularly posts updates on sex offenders’ whereabouts. 

Colmer arrived in Israel this month, where he also uses the name Dovid Cohen, according to Jewish Community Watch, an advocacy group.

“He is now living in an apartment in Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem. We will be posting a more exact address (soon),” Jewish Community Watch’s Shana Aaronson wrote in an email from Israel. 

 

Aaronson said that only police in Israel have access to a list of sex offenders. 

“The average parent in America has tools—they can look up their ZIP Code online and see if anyone around them is dangerous to their children,” Horowitz said referring to the U.S. Justice Department’s National Sex Offender Public Website. 

“In Israel, they have only child advocates to warn them,” said Horowitz. 

Weinberg and his family recently left Har Nof for Ashdod, a coastal city south of Tel Aviv, according to sources close to the case. 

 

Karliner, who would not confirm Weinberg’s new residence, said, “He moved because they made his life miserable.” 

Weinberg had been facing increasing scrutiny after he unsuccessfully attempted to secure an order of protection against Horowitz in August. He contended that Horowitz would incite community violence against him and his family while the visiting rabbi was in Har Nof to give a lecture on child safety. 

 

The order would have prevented the rabbi from teaching there because the community-center venue was less than a third of a mile from Weinberg’s home. 

Horowitz dismissed the allegations and said he would never encourage violence against anyone. As for the defamation suit, Horowitz said he is confident about his case and plans to return to Israel for every step of the trial.

 

“I want to ask the judge why in the world he is wasting the time of someone who wants to protect children.”

PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE IN ITS ENTIRETY:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/13/sex-offender-sues-rabbi-for-tweets-alerting-families-in-israel.html

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More information:

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2016/08/04/yona-weinbergs-timeline-sexual-abuse-and-legal-bullying/87915680/

Yona Weinberg: A timeline

June 2008: Brooklyn district attorney indicts Yona Weinberg, a 29-year-old licensed social worker and bar mitzvah tutor, on numerous charges including nine misdemeanor counts of second-degree sexual abuse and six of child endangerment.

June 2009:  Weinberg convicted of nine counts for victimizing two boys — seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two of child endangerment

INVESTIGATION: Rockland rabbi sued after outing child molester

September 2009: Weinberg sentenced to 13 months in jail. At his sentencing, Judge J. Reichbach criticizes the Orthodox Jewish community for supporting Weinberg, noting 90 letters were sent attesting to his character and innocence — and mentioning nothing about the victims.

September 2009: Weinberg loses appeal.

2010: Weinberg released from jail after serving roughly a year. He returns to his Brooklyn home, where he lives with his wife and young children. Weinberg is designated a Level 3 sex offender (high risk of repeat offense and threat to public safety).

June 2014: Police investigate a complaint Weinberg allegedly groped an 11-year-old boy after they were watching television in Weinberg’s apartment earlier that year. Prosecutors declined to bring charges, according to the Daily News.

August 2014: Weinberg allegedly elbows and slams the same 11-year-old against a coat rack in synagogue after prayer service, hurting the boy’s back. The boy told police that Weinberg pushed him against a bookshelf, threatening further harm if he continued to talk to authorities, the Daily News reported.

September 2014: Police file report about the alleged physical assault. The next day, police go to Weinberg’s Flatbush home to arrest him, according to the Daily News. His wife told police he was not home and referred them to his attorney.Weinberg moves to Israel. Shortly after, his wife and four children join him in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof.

January 2015: News of Weinberg’s presence in Israel appears in the Daily News. After the story, the NYPD notifies the state that Weinberg had moved to Israel. Rabbi Yakov Horowitz of Monsey, child-safety advocate, sends out a tweet to notify Har Nof residents of the presence of a Level 3 sex offender in their community. Tweet says he was as dangerous to children as “a terrorist with a machete.”

June 2015: Horowitz is served papers at his Monsey home, informing him that a summary judgement was issued against him for $55,000 in an Israeli court, stemming from a defamation lawsuit. Horowitz didn’t show up in court, he said, because he didn’t realize he was being sued.

Later that year: Horowitz’s attorney in Israel has judgment set aside. Horowitz is still required to pay some court costs.

July 2016: Weinberg seeks protective order against Horowitz, which would prevent the rabbi from giving a lecture on child safety in his neighborhood, where the rabbi has been lecturing for 13 years. The court denies the request.

November 2016: Trial date scheduled in Israel for defamation charges. Horowitz says he will appear in court to defend himself.

Going tack to 2009

http://theawarenesscenter.blogspot.com/2009/10/case-of-yona-weinberg-brooklyn-ny.html

 

Convicted of sexually abusing several boys, aged 12 and 14.  Weinberg was sentenced to serve 13 months in prison.  Two of the boys stated they were abused while Weinberg was assisting them with their religious studies at Khal Beth Abraham Congregation. Other victims include clients from Weinberg’s work as a licensed social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

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Table of Contents:

2008

  1. Synagogue employee charged with molesting boys  (05/05/2008)
  2. Jewish School Teacher Assistant Charged with Sex Abuse   (05/05/2008)
  3. Teacher arrested for sex abuse  (05/05/2008)
  4. Perv rap for temple tutor (05/06/2008)
  5. Tutor faces sex rap in abuse of 2 teens  (05/06/2008)
  6. Charged with Sexually Abusing Four Boys  (05/19/2008)
  7. Religious tutor charged with abusing four boys  (05/19/2008)
  8. More Alleged Victims Of Sexual Abuse By Hebrew Tutor Come Forward  (05/19/2008)
  9. Bar Mitzvah Tutor Indicted for Sex Abuse  (05/20/2008)
  10. Perv Torah Tutor Faces Time  (05/22/2008) 

2009

  1. Teen accuses tutor of abuse (06/23/2009)
  2. Kid came on to me – Tutor in Molest Rap (06/24/2009)
  3. Bar mitzvah tutor convicted of sexual abuse (06/25/2009)
  4. Bar mitzvah tutor guilty in molests (06/25/2009)
  5. Brooklyn, NY – Bar Mitzvah Tutor Sentenced to 13 Months In Jail (06/29/2009)
  6. NY Minute   (09/30/2009)
  7. Bar mitzvah perv jailed  (09/30/2009)
  8. BREAKING: Judge Lashes Out At Orthodox Community In Sex-Abuse Case; Says It Protects Abusers, Not Victims  (10/02/2009)
  9. Judge: Orthodox Protect Abusers, Not Victims  (10/09/2009)

2010

  1.  People v Weinberg (07/20/2010)

2012

  1. Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sex Abuse  (05/10/2012)
  2. ORTHODOX ‘PERV’ FILES Holy hell in B’klyN DA unveils 96 molest cases  (05/20/2012)
  3. National Sex Offender’s Registry (12/09/2012)

 
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Synagogue employee charged with molesting boysBy Joseph Mallia

Newsday – May 5, 2008A Brooklyn synagogue employee was arrested Sunday night and charged with sexually molesting two boys, 13 and 14, during their religious studies at a synagogue school, city police said.

After his 11 p.m. Sunday arrest Yona Weinberg, 29, of 1551-A East 17th St., Brooklyn, was charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor, the police said.

The police were responding to allegations of past sexual abuse, with the victims saying that “the suspect [a nonreligious employee] had touched their private parts on more than one occasion while assisting them with their religious studies,” a Monday police report said.
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Jewish School Teacher Assistant Charged with Sex AbuseBy Al Jones
1010 WINS – May 5, 2008

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A teacher’s assistant at a Flatbush Jewish school has been arrested on sex abuse charges.

Yona Weinberg, 29, is accused of touching the private parts of two boys, ages 13 and 14, on more than one occasion while working with them at the school.

Weinberg, who is not a Rabbi, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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Teacher arrested for sex abuse 
JTA – May 5, 2008

A 29-year-old man was arrested on charges of molesting two teenage brothers at a Brooklyn synagogue.

Yona Weinberg was arrested Sunday night at his Brooklyn home. He is accused of improperly touching the boys, aged 13 and 14, while assisting them with their religious studies.

Weinberg was charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to police. Due to the nature of the charges, little further information was released.

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Perv rap for temple tutor 
By Jamie Schram
New York Post – May 6, 2008

 
A tutor molested two brothers while giving them bar mitzvah lessons in a Brooklyn synagogue, authorities said yesterday.

Yona Weinberg, 29, abused the brothers, ages 13 and 14, in the synagogue on East 17th Street near Avenue O in Midwood between June 1, 2006, and Feb. 27, 2008, law-enforcement sources said.

On one occasion, Weinberg, who is not a rabbi, allegedly spoke to the 14-year-old about masturbation and asked to see his genitalia. On another occasion, he asked if the younger brother had pubic hair and touched his crotch area, sources said. Weinberg was arrested yesterday.
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Tutor faces sex rap in abuse of 2 teensBy Oren Yaniv and Alison Gendar
New York Daily News – Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 4:00 AM

A respected Hasidic counselor has been accused of sexually molesting two teenage boys he was tutoring, police said.

Yona Weinberg, 29, of Brooklyn was arrested Sunday evening on charges of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said.

The father of four is accused of molesting two brothers, ages 14 and 13, while tutoring them at the Khal Beth Abraham temple on E. 17th St. in Flatbush. Weinberg is not affiliated with the temple.

The events allegedly occurred Feb. 20, but the teens’ father reported them to police Sunday.

Weinberg’s neighbors said they did not believe the charges.

“He’s a plain guy, so straight. He’s loved by everybody,” said a friend, who declined to give his name.

Weinberg was facing arraignment on the charges in Brooklyn Criminal Court last night.

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Charged with Sexually Abusing Four Boys
Kings County DA – May 19, 2008

http://www.brooklynda.org/press_releases/pr_may_08.htm#06

KINGS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES J. HYNES ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF BAR MITZVAH TUTOR AND LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER

CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ABUSING FOUR BOYS
Kings County District Attorney’s Office – May 19, 2008

Brooklyn, May 19, 2008 – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the indictment of Yona Weinberg, 29, a Flatbush Bar Mitzvah tutor and licensed social worker charged with sexual abusing four male students, one of which was a client.

The indictment charges Weinberg with Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Second Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Attempted Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and six counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

The victims range in age from 12 to 14 and some were Weinberg’s students, from the Khal Beth Abraham synagogue, where Weinberg gave Bar Mitzvah lessons. Other victims include clients from Weinberg’s work as a licensed social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Initially only two victims reported abuse, but the investigation revealed two additional victims.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

The case is being prosecuted by Sex Crimes Bureau Unit Chief Kevin O’Donnell. Rhonnie Jaus is Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau.

Contact: Jonah Bruno
718-250-2300

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Religious tutor charged with abusing four boys

 Empire State News – May 19, 2008

BROOKLYN – The Kings County District Attorney’s office announced the indictment of Yona Weinberg, 29, a Flatbush Bar Mitzvah tutor and licensed social worker charged with sexual abusing four male students, one of which was a client.

The indictment charges Weinberg with Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Second Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Attempted Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and six counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

The victims range in age from 12 to 14 and some were Weinberg’s students, from the Khal Beth Abraham synagogue, where Weinberg gave Bar Mitzvah lessons. Other victims include clients from Weinberg’s work as a licensed social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Initially only two victims reported abuse, but the investigation revealed two additional victims

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More Alleged Victims Of Sexual Abuse By Hebrew Tutor Come ForwardNew York News 1 – May 19, 2008

More victims of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a Hebrew tutor have come forward.

The Kings County District Attorney says 29-year-old Yona Weinberg inappropriately touched four adolescent boys.

Weinberg, a Bar Mitzvah tutor and licensed social worker, was arrested earlier this month after two boys said he touched them while helping them with religious studies.

Further investigation into the matter has turned up two more alleged victims.

The Kings County District Attorney says all the boys were between the ages of 12 and 14, and one of them was a client of Weinberg’s.

Weinberg faces several charges, including sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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Bar Mitzvah Tutor Indicted for Sex AbuseBy Ryan Thompson
Brooklyn Eagle – May 20, 2008

JAY STREET — A 29-year-old Bar Mitzvah tutor from Flatbush was indicted for numerous crimes against children yesterday, the Brooklyn district attorney announced.

Yona Weinberg, a licensed social worker, is charged with sexually abusing four male students. The indictment charges Weinberg with Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Second Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Attempted Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and six counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The young victims, who were 12, 13 and 14 years old, were Weinberg’s students at the Khal Beth Abraham synagogue, where Weinberg gave Bar Mitzvah lessons. At least one other victim was Weinberg’s client at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, where Weinberg was a social worker.

If convicted, Weinberg faces up to seven years in prison.
 

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Perv Torah Tutor Faces Time
By Jeffrey Harmatz

Queen Ledger – May 22, 2008

A Bar Mitzvah is the time when Jewish boys become Jewish men in the eyes of the synagogue, but one twisted tutor in Flatbush didn’t seem to realize that a 13-year-old student is still a minor in the eyes of the law.

Yona Weinberg, 29, is a Bar Mitzvah tutor and a licensed social worker from Flatbush who is charged with sexually abusing four male students who were between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.

Weinberg is employed as a tutor at the Khal Beth Abraham Synagogue in Flabush, where he prepared young teenagers for their Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He was also employed as a social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

The young boys were all students of Weinberg, though some knew him through the temple and others through his social work. Initially, only two victims reported abuse, but the investigation revealed two additional victims.

On Monday, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes announced that Weinberg was charged with sexual conduct against a child, nine counts of sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
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Teen accuses tutor of abuse
By Scott Shifrel
New York Daily News – June 23, 2009  

A FRIGHTENED Brooklyn teenager shakily took the stand yesterday to accuse a bar mitzvah tutor of repeatedly molesting him.

The boy, who wore dark glasses and a yarmulke, avoided looking at social worker Yona Weinberg as he recounted how the man allegedly took advantage of him in a car, a bathroom and private sessions beginning in November 2007.

“I remember him touching me,” said the 14-year-old boy. “He touched my private area.”

The boy spoke just above a whisper and nervously played with his fingers. He is one of Weinberg’s four alleged victims in the nonjury trial.

Weinberg, a former social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, may testify in his own defense today. He faces as much as seven years behind bars on sex abuse and other charges. 

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Kid came on to me – Tutor in Molest Rap
By Scott Shifrel
New York Daily News – June 24, 2009 

A BAR MITZVAH tutor and social worker charged with molesting four teens took the stand yesterday to deny it – and even said one of the youngsters came on to him.

Yona Weinberg, 31, of Flatbush, said one teen asked him about Viagra and sex toys while he was praying and teaching Talmud, and another tried to grab his crotch.

He denied abusing the teens.

“It never happened,” the married father of four said of one boy’s account of a sexual proposition.

He said another boy put his hand on his right leg in a van.

Later, the boy said, “He had feelings for me. I explained to him that they were not mutual. I told him he would eventually outgrow them.”

Weinberg, a licensed social worker who is now in real estate, lost his composure only when defense lawyer Marvin Schecter asked if he had called any of the families since his May 2008 arrest.

“I called at least two other patients to inform them I was no longer allowed to work with children,” he said, lowering his voice, taking off his glasses and wiping his eyes.

Cross-examination is slated for today.

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