Man claiming to be rabbi arrested

October 6, 2008 3:52:09 PM PDT
Police say a man who claims to be a rabbi accused of having sex with minors was arrested at his Monsey home Monday morning.Authorities say 58-year-old Israel Weingarten was accused in a five-count federal indictment of travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with a minor.

Weingarten, who is a member of of the Satmar sect, was arrested by FBI agents.

He could face life in prison if convicted.

Weingarten, who claims to be a rabbi, is accused of sexually abusing with his daughter more than a decade ago. She is now over 18.

He is also accused to traveling abroad, to Belgium and Israel, to have sex with minors.

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