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Woman withdraws complaint about girl's rape
Police continue to investigate reports of five-year-old rape in Modiin Illit even though woman who filed original complaint has withdrawn it

Several days after the police opened an investigation into an alleged rape of a five-year-old girl in Modiin Illit, the woman who filed the complaint has withdrawn it.


Nevertheless, the police have not suspended the investigation despite admitting that there are doubts as to whether a rape had indeed taken place.


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On Monday, the police confirmed it was investigating suspicions that a girl at the age of five was raped by a man in the haredi settlement of Modiin Illit. The probe was launched following reports of medical treatment the girl had undergone.


The local haredi medical facility refused to cooperate with the investigation as did other residents who were reportedly instructed to keep mum. Neither the child nor the suspect have been located as of yet.


Rumor of the incident started spreading in the town last weekend, and according to residents, an anonymous complaint was filed with the police Friday.


Police questioned several residents who were warned they would be charged with obstruction of justice if they fail to cooperate.


According to the few details investigators have managed to gather, it is suspected that sometime in the past two weeks a man approached a five-year-old girl he saw on the street, took her to a warehouse at a nearby synagogue where he abused her for two hours.


Police said: "The investigation is rigorous, but we're running into walls of silence from everyone. We're utilizing all the resources we have in order to trace all those involved. I hope we can do so soon."



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