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High-tech exec revealed as pedophile Photo: Yariv Katz
High-tech exec revealed as pedophile Photo: Yariv Katz
 
 

High-tech exec confesses: How I seduced young girls online

Dozens of teenage girls fell prey to 'Shiri', 'Gali' or 'Alona', who were in fact 40-year-old man convicted of serious sex offences whose testimony is now revealed

Naama Cohen-Friedman
Published: 03.30.13, 23:01 / Israel News

Two weeks ago a high-tech executive and father of three from the Sharon region was convicted of committing serious online sexual offences. In official language these were dubbed indecent assault and attempted sexual assault of a minor. In less legal terms, he is charged with taking advantage of the innocence of dozens of 11-16 year-old girls and one boy to fulfill his lustful desires, living a double life over years.

 

The executive's immediate surroundings were stunned by his arrest, however his testimony, obtained by Ynet and presented for the first time, reveals his well crafted methods. The executive has waived his right to a lawyer and expressed willingness to be rehabilitated in jail, but before that he told investigators his story.

 

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"Thirteen years ago I started chatting through the ICQ. At first I was myself, and spoke to adult women about sex. At one point, I came to understand that I can get more if I pretend to be a girl. When I say 'more' I mean more openness to sexual topics, and the conversations focus on their sex lives."

 

According to him, only over the past four years did he begin communicating to young girls.

 


הסמנכ"ל בבית המשפט. סנגורו: "אדם מסכן" (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Executive waiting in court (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

"It turned into a habit, so I wanted to increase the rush and the gratification," he explains. "Regular porn sites didn't satisfy me, it was a greater thrill."

 

Using programs such as ICQ, Messenger and ooVoo "whatever was trendy, from home or from work" he used aliases like Shiri 3757, Gali Feldman, natali and lev to seduce young girls.

 

"Every time I used a different name. I would search (for girls) according to names and send friendship requests. A small portion would accept, and some would agree to talk. Then I would steer the conversation in a sexual direction."

 

In the conversations he would talk with the girls about their sexual development, and would present himself as sexually experienced girl named Shiri or Gali or Alona.

 

The naive victims would send him pictures at his request, and afterwards he would talk to them about their physical and sexual development.

 

As someone who was "experienced" he offered to teach them about sex, and among other things "instructed" them how to touch themselves.

 

If one of the girls refused to cooperate and do what he asked, "at times, I could convince them."

 

He also admitted to blackmailing the girls, pretending to be a hacker that broke into their computer threatening to publish the photographs if they refused to do what he asked.

 

According to him, "I knew that pedophiles that have sex with children are cruel and hurt them, I always felt like s*** after it was over… I knew that I was doing something that was wrong."

 

"I couldn’t hurt the girls," he explains, "so I needed to get into a certain character to get excited. I would never do that as a man to a boy or a girl. I felt I was a little girl, and then it was easy for me to do it."

 


הורים, זה כנראה בעיקר בידיים שלכם (צילום: Gettyimages)

More material found on exec's computer (Photo: Gettyimages)

 

The original indictment charge against the executive was filed in June 2012. It was 44 pages long and included 33 testimonies relating to 32 specific offences and one general offence related to the conversation history files he kept on his computer. But according to the police there was more.

 

The police explain that the time allocated for evidence collection between the moment he was arrested until the indictment filling was not enough to properly review all of the material found on his computer.

 

The two sides ended up sign a plea bargain, in which the suspect admited to the allegations against him and recognized that he suffers from a problem, with almost all of the original charges against him intact. However, they failed to reach a compromise regarding his sentence, with the state demanding a double digit sentence.

 

State and police officials claim they are fighting the pedophilic online onslaught, but still "there needs to be more energy and resources invested into this, in a more decisive manner."

 

In this case, the man's arrest was brought on by the alertness of the father of one of the girl, aged under-14.

 

One day, upon arriving home, the father noticed the computer open to a chat conversation in which a young girl was talking with his daughter about the fact that her parents refuse to let her open a Facebook profile.

 

On closer inspection, he saw that his daughter was talking with "Shiri 3757" and noticed that the conversation had shifted to sexual topics, inappropriate for children her age.

 

Shiri, it turns out, had sent his daughter a nude picture of herself and requested she do the same.

 

More and more, sexual predators do not meet their victims face to face. The offences are usually done over the internet, usually with the help of cameras, and hence create a major challenge for law enforcement officials and judges.

 

For example, in the current case, it took over half a year from the moment a complaint was lodged – by the aforementioned father – and until the executive behind Shiri 3757 was revealed and arrested.

 

 

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