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Local rabbi pleads guilty to contact with boys

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COLONIE, N.Y. -- A well-known Loudonville rabbi has admitted to "inappropriate physical contact" with two teenage boys and asking one of them to keep quiet.

Rabbi Yaakov Weiss pleaded guilty in Albany County Court on Monday to charges of child endangerment.

Back in August, he pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges, including sex abuse and child endangerment. He was released on his own recognizance.

Weiss was originally arrested under the allegations in September 2008.

In an October 2008 statement, he dismissed the claims, saying they were "100% untrue, baseless, and a complete and utter fabrication."

Weiss is the founder of the Chabad of Colonie and the Chabad Hebrew School. He made headlines in 2005 when he lobbied the Colonie Center mall for Jewish holiday displays. He was arrested back in 2008.

As part of a plea deal he will spend 60 days in jail and serve three years probation.

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