Haifa Magistrate's Court sentenced a 16-year-old boy to a five-year prison term Sunday for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.
The accused and his friend enticed the 4-year-old boy to follow them to an abandoned field in November 2005, where they handcuffed his hands and legs, gagged his mouth, and physically and sexually abused him for an hour.
The two left the boy tied up all night, while his parents and police forces searched for him. According to the indictment, the boy's resourcefulness helped him escape and find his way back to his parents.
The presiding judges, Yitzhak Dar, Ilan Schiff, and Chani Horowitz, called what was done to the victim hair-raising and horrifying. The harm resulting from these acts will accompany the young boy and his parents for many years, the judges said.
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