Eyal Nahum, an Israel Defense Forces soldier who was recently arrested for sexual harassment, was indicted on Sunday on charges that he harassed thousands of underage girls over the internet, giving them sexual education lessons.
"If you don't want to see these images with your name and mobile phone number online then video chat with me," the suspect had written to some of the girls. He had sexual intercourse with four of them, according to the indictment.
The indictment suggests that Nahum, 25, maintained online relationships with underage girls on the "Shox" chat site, posing as a 15-year-old, over the course of four years. His chats were heavily laden with sexual messages. He asked some of the girls to turn on a webcam and instructed them on how to touch their bodies while he watched. In two cases, Nahum is suspected of blackmailing 12-year-old girls with threats that he would post nude photos of them online if they didn't comply with his demands – turn on a camera and do as instructed.
The indictment further charges that the suspect had an ongoing physical relationship with four girls, all under 16, performing sexual acts on them with their consent. The indictment lists sexual offenses against 11 underage girls.
The Tel Aviv Prosecutor's Office has requested that Nahum remain in custody until the end of the proceedings.
The affair first came to light when one of the chat rooms' security personnel informed the police of a person posing as a 16-year-old for many years. The police solicited testimonies from girls who didn't file complaints, saying "we ask girls and young women to whom this story sounds familiar to file a complaint with the police. We believe that many girls were hurt by this man."
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