4 arrested at NY sex assault trial

San Francisco Chronicle

NEW YORK (AP) — Four men have been arrested on charges they photographed a 17-year-old girl testifying in a New York sexual abuse trial against a religious counselor.

The men were at the Brooklyn trial of Nechemya Weberman on Thursday. Weberman has pleaded not guilty to charges he abused the girl for years when he was supposed to be counseling her. Both belong to an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect.

The girl was on the witness stand when the men, supporters of Weberman, snapped images. One was posted on Twitter, though the girl’s name was not included.

Court officers confiscated the cell phones. It’s illegal to photograph in courtrooms without a court order. The men face contempt charges.

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