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Rabbi Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woodcliff Lake Boy 19 Years Ago

Menachem M. Weiss
Menachem M. Weiss Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. -- A rabbi from Los Angeles was charged with sexually assaulting a Woodcliff Lake boy in 1999 when he lived in town.

Menachem M. Weiss, 46, who is married and works as a teacher, was taken into custody by Port Authority police and brought to Bergen County on Thursday, Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo said.

Last December, Woodcliff Lake police "received formation that a juvenile male was sexually assaulted by Rabbi Menachem Weiss between January and June 1999, while Rabbi Weiss resided in Woodcliff Lake," Calo said.

An investigation produced a grand jury indictment returned Tuesday charging Weiss with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of the boy, who records show was in his mid teens.

Weiss remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending a hearing this Monday.

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