Rabbi Accused of Abusing Boy

By Chris Rooney
September 30, 2008

ALBANY - An Albany area rabbi is accused of sexually abusing a boy he worked with as a religious educator.

Yaakov Weiss of Loudonville was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Albany police say the 28-year-old rabbi had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy multiple times between November 2007 and April 2008. They say the abuse happened at least once at a location on Whitehall Road and at least twice at a location on New Scotland Avenue.

Police were alerted after New York State Child Protection Services received an anonymous tip about Weiss. After conducting interviews over the summer, police finally determined they have enough evidence to arrest him.

Weiss is charged with one count of second-degree sex abuse, two counts of third-degree sex abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say their investigation remains open as they try to determine if there are any other victims.


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