Israeli Officer Who Secretly Filmed Soldiers Charged With 79 Counts of Indecent Acts, Infringement of Privacy

While he was a commander of the army's driving school, Dan Sharoni purchased chargers that contained hidden cameras and used them to film dozens of female soldiers who were his subordinates

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Dan Saroni at the Military Court in Tel Aviv, this week.
Dan Saroni at the Military Court in Tel Aviv, this week. Credit: Tomer Applebaum
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

An army officer who secretly filmed female soldiers in intimate situations was indicted Wednesday for 79 counts of infringement of privacy, indecent acts and illegally accessing computerized materials.

According to the indictment, 49 people, including 40 female and male soldiers, were harmed by Lt. Col. Dan Sharoni's actions. The court extended Sharoni’s detention by 13 days.

The indictment states that Sharoni, who was the commander of the Israel Defense Forces driving school, purchased chargers that contained hidden cameras and used them to film dozens of female soldiers who were his subordinates without their knowledge since 2014.

Sharoni “installed the cameras in the barracks and showers on IDF bases, in the women’s quarters, in his room in the unit, at his home and other places,” the indictment says. In some cases, Sharoni lent the women the chargers so he could continue to film them secretly.

He was found in possession of hundreds of intimate photos and videos that he stored on flash drives.

Sharoni was arrested last month following an investigation launched due to complaints filed by female soldiers, after they noticed the hidden cameras in their quarters.

In a search conducted on the base and in Sharoni’s car and house, as well as on his cellphone and computers, many videos were found showing female soldiers in their quarters.

Sharoni was removed from his post three weeks ago.

The IDF said it would continue its efforts to root out the issue while assisting those harmed.

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