NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Brooklyn man who admitted he offered a teenage girl $500,000 to leave the country instead of testifying in a sex abuse trial against her former spiritual counselor has been sentenced to four months in jail.
Abraham Rubin apologized and said he’d made a terrible mistake as he was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn.
Three other men were also charged with intimidation in the incident along with Rubin.
The 50-year-old Rubin offered the bribe to the girl and her now-husband in 2012. He told them justice would be better served if they didn’t testify in the case against Nechemya Weberman.
Weberman was a highly respected counselor in the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Jewish community. After his arrest, the community rallied around him, and many people intimidated his accuser.
Weberman was convicted of raping and abusing the girl for nearly three years starting when she was 12 years old.
He’s serving a century in prison.
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