The district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, alleged that the men were part of an effort by the community to protect a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community, Nechemya Weberman, who has been accused of 88 counts of sexual misconduct, including oral sex with a child younger than 13 years old.
The charges all involve a single victim, a young woman who was referred by her school to get counseling by Mr. Weberman, and then alleges she was abused by him during therapy sessions.
The intimidation charges mark the first time in at least two decades that Mr. Hynes has arrested Hasidic Jews for intimidating a sex abuse victim, even though victims, their advocates, prosecutors say intimidation has become a major obstacle to prosecution of abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community.
In recent weeks, Mr. Hynes has been saying that the intimidation of witnesses in the ultra-Orthodox community is worse than in the world of organized crime.
The executive bureau chief of the district attorney’s rackets division, Josh Hanshaft, said the men had been “telling witnesses to forget what they know, not to come to court, to disappear,” and said prosecutors had “clear, substantial evidence” that part of the plan to silence witnesses involved offering money to dissuade their testimony.
He said of Mr. Rubin, “He has no regard for the system. He thumbs his nose at the system,” and of the Berger brothers: “They have gone and destroyed property. There have been threatening phone calls.” He said prosecutors were concerned that the men might now flee to Israel.
Hertzka Berger’s lawyer, Bruce Wenger, said after the arraignment that the four men were all “prominent members within the community.”
Instead, Mr. Weberman, who is now 53, repeatedly sexually molested her over three years, and told her that she would be expelled from school if she told anyone, the relative said.
The girl then changed schools, and told a licensed therapist what had happened. The therapist reported the girl’s allegations to the police.
After Mr. Weberman’s arrest in 2011, a campaign of intimidation is alleged to have begun against the victim, her boyfriend and family members.
Williamsburg community leaders publicly proclaimed their support for Mr. Weberman, and, on May 15, hosted hundreds of Hasidic men at a local wedding hall to raise money for Mr. Weberman’s legal defense.
To promote the fund-raiser, his supporters hung posters on lampposts and brick walls around the neighborhood, accusing the young woman, in Yiddish, of libel, and warning that if Mr. Weberman was found guilty, therapists would no longer be able to treat the neighborhood’s children.