Rabbi slams Brooklyn DA after attacker gets plea deal

New York Post

By Josh Saul
April 28, 2014

A Brooklyn rabbi and child sex-abuse advocate slammed segments of the Orthodox Jewish community and new Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Monday after the man who threw bleach in his eyes got off with a no-jail plea deal.

Meilech Schnitzler, 38, was hit with a raft of charges including assault for the December 2012 bleach attack on Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg in Williamsburg, but Schnitzler was allowed to plead guilty to just one count of assault in a deal that gave him five years probation but no time behind bars.

“They threw bleach on me because I’m a child activist and they want the child meat for free,” said Rosenberg, 64. “We thought Thompson was going to give us a better chance to fight the pedophiles, but it looks like the office is still the same with the community pressure.”

Rosenberg said he was targeted because of his support for the victim sexually abused by Satmar Hasidic youth counselor Nechemya Weberman. At the time of Schnitzler’s arrest, then-NYPD Commisioner Ray Kelly said Schnitzler’s father had been named on Rosenberg’s anti-abuse website.

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