VIN News is now reporting that Yona Weinberg has been indicted on charges of molestation. The part that really upset me is that I see 2 new cases were added to the charges. That makes 4 cases of alleged abuse.
Flatbush, NY – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the indictment of Yona. W, 29, a Flatbush Bar Mitzvah tutor and licensed social worker charged with abusing four male students, one of which was a client.
The victims range in age from 12 to 14 and some were W. students, from the Khal Beth Abraham synagogue, where W. gave Bar Mitzvah lessons. Other victims include clients from W. 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. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
As is always the case, there are friends and neighbors who claim his innocence. I’m sure this will reignite the debate about whether to address these things or not on this website, but I think we need to. When it comes to our children’s safety we can’t be too cautious. If no new details had come out I’d still be undecided, but the addition of 2 more victims, bringing the total to 4 is a big problem.
As soon as the story actually hits the wires I will update with those links.