Rabbi Menachem (Mendy) Weiss pleads guilty to 1999 sexual abuse

Today, Menachem (Mendy) Weiss of Los Angeles pled guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a minor in New Jersey with the prosecution recommending a six-year prison sentence and that Weiss be registered as a sex offender. 

On March 20, 2018, Weiss was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, after a victim accused Weiss of sexually assaulting him from January to June 1999. At the time of the arrest, Weiss had been living in Los Angeles, CA for many years. He had previously lived in Postville, Iowa and before that in Woodcliff Lake, NJ where he committed the crimes.

Meyer Seewald, founder, and director of Jewish Community Watch said:
“I am so disappointed that during an era of such awareness of the reality of sexual abuse, so many community members supported Weiss throughout the legal proceedings over the last two years. It took superhuman courage for this victim to come forward, and he and the other alleged victims deserve overwhelming support from the community. It was heart wrenching to hear the victim describe in court how the abuse turned his life upside down and how it has impacted him for two decades. At the same time, hearing this warriors incredible determination inspired me tremendously and I am thankful to have been there to witness his courage. No one can imagine what kind of bravery it takes to stand up and speak your most painful truth.”

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