Rabbi in Jewish divorce torture ring sentenced to 38 months
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Rabbi in Jewish divorce torture ring sentenced to 38 months

Rabbi Marc standing outside a U.S. District Court in Trenton, New Jersey Oct. 10, 2013.   (Mel Evans/AP Images)

Rabbi  Martin Wolmark standing outside a U.S. District Court in Trenton, New Jersey Oct. 10, 2013. (Mel Evans/AP Images)

(JTA) — An Orthodox rabbi who participated in a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces has been sentenced to 38 months in prison.

Martin Wolmark, 57, of Monsey, New York, was sentenced Monday in a New Jersey Federal Court in Trenton, New Jersey, The Associated Press reported.

Wolmark was one of nine people, two of them rabbis, convicted for their roles in the ring, which kidnapped and tortured recalcitrant husbands.

An Orthodox woman cannot remarry without receiving a get from her husband. The women who are trapped in such marriages are called agunot, or “chained women.”

The group’s members were busted in an FBI sting operation in 2013.

The other rabbi involved in the ring, Mendel Epstein, 70, is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday.

In November, five participants in the ring, all from New York, were sentenced to prison, with Simcha Blumash and Moshe Goldstein, both 32, receiving four years, the longest sentences.