(From the Daas Torah blog of Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn)
Weberman’s supporters have been stunned by his conviction. They keep repeating that he wasn’t convicted according to proper witnesses or evidence according to the Torah and even if he was a pervert the Torah doesn’t provide for imprisonment – especially life imprisonment. These claims show a shocking and dangerous ignorance of normative Jewish law.
I will repeat a point I have made countless times before. A child molester or rapist is a danger to the welfare of the community. He is reported to the secular authorities as preventative act of protection. The fact that the secular court will try him based on rules and procedures that are different than Torah or that they will punish differently then the Torah – is not a reason for not using them for protection. This fact is repeated by many gedolim – some of which are listed below. Many additional sources are found in my books on abuse – especially volume II. Furthermore not only circumstantial evidence is permitted but conviction based on a standard of less then absolutely certainty is also permitted – sofek rodef is treated as a rodef. [additional sources are in the commentary section]