An Orthodox Rabbi who served as a religious counselor was convicted Monday of sexual abuse.
Nechemya Weberman was found guilty in Brooklyn court of sustained abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
His accuser, now 18, told investigators Weberman repeatedly abused her for a period of three years beginning when she was 12 years old.
The 54-year-old was not a licensed counselor, but worked as such within his Brooklyn community.
The case drew loud protests as members of his Hasidic sect held fundraisers for his legal defense.
Weberman's lawyer tried to paint the victim as angry and vengeful because he betrayed her trust.