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Satmar Hasidic Rabbi molests his daughter
March 12, 2009, 8:10 pm
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Rabbi Israel Weingarten makes final plea at kid molest trial

Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 2:17 AM

A Brooklyn jury Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a Hasidic rabbi charged with molesting his daughter in New York, Belgium and Israel.

Israel Weingarten faces up to 50 years in prison if he’s convicted of the shocking charges, which were brought in federal court because he is accused of transporting the victim in and out of the country to commit sexual crimes against her.

Acting as his own attorney, Weingarten delivered a rambling 90-minute closing argument Tuesday to the jury, who at times during the week-long trial appeared repulsed by his cross-examination of the victim, his ex-wife and son.

“I’m not used to what I’m doing,” Weingarten explained to the jurors. “I had to [represent myself]. I had no other way.”

He suggested his daughter had an intimate relationship with a married man in Antwerp that led her to fabricate the charges against him.

Weingarten, 59, is charged with sexually abusing the victim starting in 1990 when she was 9 until she reached the age of 18.

“Why did this child never bring a tape recorder when this was happening?” he said. “It’s impossible. It’s not true.”

The sordid charges have split the Satmar community, with one faction believing the victim’s claim and others believing she’s lying and that the actual abuser is her mother, according to court papers.

After five hours of deliberations, the jurors asked Judge John Gleeson if they could go home and resume Wednesday.

jmarzulli@nydailynews.com

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