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Monday, 18. December 2017


COURT HAS STRONG WORDS FOR WEISS

Weiss Continues to claim he is Chabad of Colonie

Yaakov Weiss, a self-appointed cult-leader with a small but violent and sadly deluded following, was been sentenced to 60 days in the Albany County Penetentiary,  and a Probation that is subject to 8 general condition and 30 special (sex offender) conditions.  Among other things, Weiss is prohibited from pursuing any occupation that involves contact with children - this would include, one would imagine, his "religious school" and his "ministry" despite the claims of his wife, Roza, in her recent email to her supporters and cultists. Weiss will continue to reside at 7 Longwood Dr., Loudonville NY 12211

Despite a March 8, 2010 statement from Capital District Chabad expelling Weiss, he still claims to represent Chabad of Colonie in an announcement of the November 29, 2010 funeral of one Regina Shenkein in the Albany Times Union and even asks mourners to make donations to "Chabad of Colonie" which allegedly does not exist (how then, can he cash the checks?). Rabbi Israel Rubin, Chabad's regional director in the Capital District can be contacted at (518) 423-4103. As of December 9, 2010 Capital Chabad has not responded to Weiss' claim to be representing Chabad in Colonie nor to his public fundraising as Chabad of Colonie.


Deluded Cultists still back Weiss

Weiss' supporters have made numerous allegations of official anti-Semitism and official abuse of their Dear Leader. At Weiss' sentencing, Judge Herrick took the time to set the record straight.

Astonishingly, Weiss and his supporters contend that the Weiss is the victim here, not on the boys and their families. The court took notice, with all due respect to Weiss, the he is not the victim here. The boys are the victims here. We have gotten away from that fact, and it's time now to return to that issue.

Weiss has utterly failed to accept responsibility for his actions here. Some of the letters received by the court on his behalf indicate quite clearly that people have an inaccurate view and inaccurate information regarding what he pled guilty to. As Judge Herrick said "Something did happen in the City and County of Albany, New York, in 2007 and 2008 regarding you and these two boys, and it was not a good thing." Weiss and his supporters have still not accepted that fact or taken responsibility for it.


The public is asked to report any violations of any condition of his probation to the Albany County Probation Department (reference Docket/Indictment No. 31-2649) at (518) 487-5180 or by email at probation@albanycounty.com.


Let's take a brief look at the facts:

At all times, Yaakov Weiss, was charged only with misdemeanors, never a felony. This case was not resolved at the last moment by a plea down to a misdemeanor in order to avoid a potential prison sentence.  He allocuted to three of four of the misdemeanor counts when he pled guilty on January 11, 2010.  When pled guilty to one count, Count 4, Weiss allocuted to three of the counts in the indictment.

Dr. Hamill (a court appointed psychologist) completed a general psychological evaluation and a Sex Offender evaluation of Weiss. The Albany (NY) County Probation Dept. prepared a Presentence Investigation Report. A presentence conference with the attorneys was held on March 3, 2010.

While he did not plead guilty to a sex offense, the court took notice that Weiss pleaded guilty owing to evidentiary issues, (meaning, Weiss' lawyers advised him his conviction was all but assured)  in which he pled guilty to misdemeanor of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, which he admitted in reference to Count 4, including also Counts 1 and 3 .

The admission was that on two separate occasions in the changing area of the Mikvah on White Hall Road in the City and County of Albany, first in June of 2007 and on a second occasion in the months of November or December 2007, with two different 13-year-old boys, and while both Weiss and the boys were naked, and while Weiss was "giving back rubs" to each of the boys, he knowingly had inappropriate physical contact with each of the two boys, knowing that his inappropriate contact with each of the boys was likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of each of the boys. The inappropriate physical contact alleged in the indictments in Counts 1 and 3 was that Weiss' penis came into contact with each of the boys' buttocks.

He also admitted and pled guilty to knowingly advising one of the two boys to be untruthful as to what had happened in the June 2007 matter, and knowing that it was untrue, that in fact there had been inappropriate physical contact with that boy, he advised him to be untruthful to his mother, to his parents, and to the police and not to talk to the police, again knowing that this advice to  the boy as the boy's Rabbi, teacher, and spiritual advisor, was likely to be injurious to the boy's physical, mental, or moral welfare.

Weiss has not denied the alleged physical contact of his penis to the buttocks of the two boys, but has said that he does not recall it happening in either instance.


The court took notice that it is fair to say that both Dr. Hamill, his polygraph expert, and the Probation Officer who prepared the Presentence Report believe that Weiss is being less than honest when he claims no memory of his misconduct..

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