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JAG to probe Paratroopers' sexual abuse charges

Military Police launches official investigation into allegations suggesting company commander molested 15 soldiers

The Military Judge Advocate General on Sunday ordered the Military Police to launch an official investigation into allegations suggesting a company commander with the Paratroopers Brigade sexually abused 15 of his subordinates.


The officer, who holds the rank of captain, had recently asked to terminate his military service.



None of the soldiers who allegedly suffered the abuse  filed an official complaint in the matter, and investigators are now focusing on trying to interview the victims and any potential witnesses.


The case began to unravel last week, when the captain's fellow officers became aware of his actions. They immediately informed their superiors, who summoned him to a hearing.


The officers then asked to be relieved of his duties in the Paratroopers Brigade and end his military service without delay.


Paratroopers Brigade Commander Colonel Amir Baram and GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi approved the request and the case was sent over to the Military Police for further review.


The case has shocked the Paratroopers Brigade, as the officer in question was considered somewhat of a "rising star."


The officer's close associates said that the allegations against him were "very peculiar" and went "starkly against his character."


"He's a brilliant officer and a very charismatic leader. These allegations are very hard to believe," one of the officer's associates told Ynet.







פרסום ראשון: 08.14.11, 20:26
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