Rabbi Charged with Sex Abuse

By Curtis Schick
Capital News 9
September 30, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. — It was at a Hebrew school on New Scotland Avenue and a Community Center off Whitehall Road where Albany police said Rabbi Yaakov Weiss, 28, of Loudonville had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy.

Albany Public Safety Officer James Miller said, "The victim along with some of the other classmates were talking about what happened. Somebody overheard that, anonymously called into the New York State tipline."

Miller said while Weiss was teaching at the school, at least two incidents took place, with it happening once at the Community Center. Miller said the abuse went on for 6 months starting last November.

"You have a certain expectation that your kids are going to be safe, that the teachers aren't going to act in an inappropriate manner which he allegedly did at this point," said Miller.

Weiss is rabbi of Chabad Colonie and is best known for fighting with Colonie Center over it not having a Menorah.

Weiss runs his organization out of his Longwood Drive home. No one answered the door Tuesday afternoon.

With Rosh Hashana, calls to Weiss' attorney and to the number listed for the school were not immediately returned.

Miller said, "The investigation is still open because many instances like this, there is a potential that there are many other victims out there."

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. He was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court and released. There is no word on when he's due back in court.


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