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NYC Rabbi Accused Of Molesting Child

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City rabbi has been charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl over three years.

Nechemya Weberman pleaded innocent at his arraignment Wednesday night to charges of criminal sex act, rape, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.

His lawyer, George Farkas, denied the charges. He said the 52-year-old Brooklyn rabbi has counseled troubled families in the past.

Authorities said the alleged abuse occurred from 2007 to 2010.

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