The Jerusalem District Court sentenced David Kugman, a follower of "abusive rabbi" Elior Chen, who was indicted for serious child abuse offences to 20 years in prison.
In addition, Avraham Maskalchi and Shimon Gabai who were also indicted for their involvement in the child abuse affair were sentenced to 17 years in prison. A fourth follower, Roi Tzoref, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his small part in the affair. In the ruling the judge mentioned that "the defendants undermined the basic understanding that children must be protected from evil." She added: "I hope the children's innocence is not gone forever." (Aviad Glickman)