Arrest in bleach-throwing attack on NY rabbi

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 11:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been arrested on charges he threw bleach into the face of a New York City rabbi who publicizes claims of child sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Police say Meilech Schnitzler turned himself in on Wednesday and was arrested on charges of felony assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He's in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/Rq838k) a man he recognized tossed the liquid in his face as he walked in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section on Tuesday.

Police say the two were involved in an "ongoing dispute."

Rosenberg runs a website that publicizes child sexual abuse victims in the Satmar Hasidic community.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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