Former rabbi Stephen Weiss found guilty of sex crimes

According to prosecutors, Stephen Weiss had a sexually explicit online conversation with an undercover agent disguised as a 15-year-old boy.

Cleveland — Stephen Weiss, 61, Arrested in April last year He is set to spend the next six months in prison amid allegations that he arranged to have sex with someone he thought was a teenage boy.

His sentencing was before Judge Emily Hagan on Monday afternoon, a month after Weiss. pleaded guilty to a pair of charges in the caseThese charges include attempted illegal sex with a minor and possession of criminal tools.

Judge Hagan said both of these charges will serve six-month sentences and will be executed at the same time. Weiss is also classified as a second-tier sex offender.

Before the verdict was handed down, Weiss filed a statement with the court.

“I am deeply ashamed and filled with deep remorse for what I have done,” he said. Through my actions, I have betrayed my values, betrayed my family, friends, and community, and caused extraordinary hurt and pain. It’s hard to understand how someone like me, who has devoted my life to protecting children, could do such a thing. I’ve shattered my whole world, everyone I love, and everything I’ve worked for. For all of this I am very deeply sorry and I feel pain at the core of my being. I will dedicate the rest of my life to healing you. I spent a lot of time with psychiatrists and medical professionals trying to figure out what was causing this behavior. The extremely devastating effects these prescription drugs have on my damaged brain and I will never, under any circumstances, take such prescription drugs again. help me to better understand the nature of my traumatic brain injury and continue my treatment to prevent this from happening again. I take full responsibility for my actions. … I accept the consequences of my actions in the form of what punishment I will receive. I can only hope that my family, friends and community will one day give me the opportunity to earn their forgiveness and trust.To regain their respect and love. ”

You can watch the full text of the sentencing hearing in the video below. Editor’s Note: Video contains graphic representations:

His daughter also spoke before the judge handed down her sentence.

“We know my father is a good man with a good heart and the courage to do what is right,” she said. The past few months have also shown his struggles. We are angry and hurt, but we also know that this is not the full picture of him as a person. We know it because we know of all the other good things and giving he has contributed to our family and community. It taught me that there is room for redemption, grace, and repair, not the times.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor, who announced his arrest last year, said Weiss “engaged in a sexually explicit online conversation with an undercover agent posing as a 15-year-old boy on a social networking app.” Have sex with the child at a pre-determined location in Cuyahoga County. ”

He was arrested on the spot.

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Editor’s Note: The player video above was published in a previous article on April 20, 2022.

Weiss has been Rabbi of the B’nai Jeshurun ​​Congregation in Pepper Pike for over 20 years and issued the following statement on the situation last year. Weiss,” said Rebekah Dorman, who is president of the congregation’s board of trustees. “We acted swiftly to terminate Rabbi Weiss as Senior Rabbi immediately. He was ordered to cease performing his congregational duties and was barred from the facility. I have no further comment on the situation.” Former rabbi Stephen Weiss found guilty of sex crimes

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