MILTON — The man who allegedly extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a prominent Sharon rabbi has a lengthy criminal record, including arrests for threatening to kill a man and illegally possessing a stun gun and brass knuckles.
Nicholas Zemeitus, 29, who lives in a dilapidated house repeatedly cited for zoning violations, has also frequently failed to show up for court dates and has defaulted on court-
The father of a 4-year-old girl says he once worked as a roofer and painter. Now, he is at the center of a scandal that has stunned Sharon’s Jewish community and sparked a police investigation.
Court documents released this week assert that Rabbi Barry Starr of Temple Israel of Sharon allegedly paid Zemeitus as much as $480,000 in exchange for his silence.
Zemeitus had threatened to make public the rabbi’s alleged sexual relationship with a teenage boy whom Zemeitus said was his brother, a claim that, like others in the case, remains unsubstantiated.
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