A Brooklyn fishmonger was indicted for allegedly throwing a cup of bleach in the face of a Hassidic rabbi who had accused the man's father of being a sexual predator.
Meilech Schnitzler, 36, of Williamsburg, a member of the Satmar Hassidic sect, was charged Wednesday on two counts of attempted assault, two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He could face up to 15 years in prison.
Schnitzler on December 11 allegedly threw a cup of bleach in the face of Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, who advocates for victims of sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community.
Rosenberg, 62, also of the Williamsburg neighborhood, was treated for burns on his face, around his eyes and in his left eye. The rabbi runs a website and blog for sex-abuse victims, as well as a telephone hotline, and made the accusations against Schnitzler's father on the blog.
Rosenberg reportedly recognized his assailant.
The incident came a day after Nechemya Weberman, a Satmar leader, was convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse of a now-18-year-old woman when she was between the ages of 12 and 15 and went to Weberman for counseling. Rosenberg supported and assisted the victim throughout the judicial process.
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