Another cover-up? The Jerusalem District Police arrested a 50-year-old haredi man Wednesday for alleged sexual assault
against several boys and girls whose families he befriended.
The police claim that the suspect, a divorcee and father of three, admitted to his involvement in the acts and is cooperating with the investigation. He said he assaulted several boys and girls, ages 10-14.
The investigation has shown that these instances were known to several sources within the haredi
community, and the suspect said that over the course of the year, he was privately treated with medication that was supposed to lessen his sexual urges. Police believe the treatments were funded by haredi sources in order to prevent the filing of a complaint with the police. The doctor and the source that funded the treatment will be interrogated.
Police came into the picture only a few months ago, after a complaint was filed by an 11-year-old girl from Tel Aviv, who had stayed with relatives in Jerusalem,
during the time that the suspect had visited. The suspect was arrested due to the complaint, and admitted to ten other instances, in which he committed indecent acts on children.
The police suspect that in addition to the ten instances to which the man has admitted, there are many more cases, due to his history of sexual crimes against children, and having spent time in prison outside of Israel. Police are examining the issue with the help of Interpol.
Omri Efraim contributed to this report.
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