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Hi-tech exec sentenced to 14 years for sex offenses with minors

Hi-tech exec turned online sexual prowler receives 14-year sentence for sexually abusing, manipulating more than 30 little boys, girls online to perform indecent acts on themselves

Naama Cohen-Friedman
Published: 12.18.13, 14:13 / Israel News

A senior hi-tech executive has been sentenced to more than a decade in jail time after being convicted of numerous counts of sexual offences with minors and agreeing to a plea bargain.

 

The assistant director-general of a hi-tech company, a 42-year-old man from the Sharon region, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday after being found guilty last March of committing sexual crimes with more than 29 boys and girls.

 

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In the plea bargain, the judges in the Lod District Court said this was the most severe and twisted case that was ever brought before them.

 

In 2012, the man was arrested for committing sexual offenses with girls aged 10-13 via the internet. The man was also sentenced to pay NIS 10,000 to each of the 33 complainants.

 

He lured his victims in through social networks. He would engage them in conversation and then convince them to perform sexual acts and sodomy on themselves.

 

In light of the case's severity, the judge decided to issue sentences to some of the cases individually, thus significantly extending the final sentence.

 

His lawyers, Rotem Cohen and Moshe Oren said "we are dealing here with a defendant that never met the complainants. The indictment deals only with virtual offenses. We will study the sentence and examine the possibility of appealing."

 

The man was arrested in May 2012 for offences of indecent acts on a minor, causing an indecent act on a minor, sexually harassing a minor, obscene publications, attempt to force a minor to perform sodomy, coercion under threat, and more.

 

The indictment detailed the manner he convinced a 13-year-old boy to perform an indecent act and sodomize his 11-year-old sister. Using programs like Skype and ICQ he prowled the web using aliases such as Shiri, Alona and Natali, and at times presented himself as a youth named Tomer or a 'sexually-experienced' girl.

 

 

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