A former deputy police commissioner has signed a plea bargain confessing to sexual harassment, fraud and breach of trust.
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Under the deal, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Nissim Mor will be sentenced to a few months of community service.
According to the indictment, filed Tuesday in the Be’er Sheva District Court, Mor sent sexually suggestive text messages to three junior policewomen and actually forced sexual contact on a fourth.
The most serious charge concerns A.A., who at the time, in 2014, was 34 and had joined the police a year earlier. She asked Mor for help with a procedural matter connected with a course she had taken. Mor responded by asking if he could come to her house to discuss the matter with her.
At that meeting, she told him of her troubles, and Mor told her to “calm down a bit and sit beside me.” He then asked, “When will we meet? When will you be more serious? And not with the children!”
Subsequently, in November 2014, the two were both at a funeral in the south of the country. When the funeral ended, Mor sent A.A. a text message asking her to come to the gas station at the Yad Mordechai junction. He was waiting for her there, and to avoid attracting attention, had even replaced his car’s police license plates with civilian plates. He asked her to join him by his car, which was parked behind the gas station.
“The complainant, who feared to be alone with the defendant and understood that his proposal entailed an attempt to initiate intimate contact with her, tried to escape by expressing discomfort and concern that other police personnel returning from the funeral would see them,” the indictment said. But Mor pressed her until she agreed to get into his car.
He told her to close the door, and A.A. protested that she found the situation “uncomfortable.” Then he began making suggestive comments like “How sexy you are!” and “What a nice body you have.”
Next, he asked her to give him her hand. When she did, he drew her close, kissed her on the lips and forced his tongue into her mouth. A.A. drew back and once again voiced her discomfort, but Mor simply replied, “What sweet, tasty lips you have!”
At that point, A.A. got out of the car and refused Mor’s request that she stay a little longer.
Over the next month, Mor continued sending her sexually suggestive texts and asking her to meet him. Then, in December 2014, she once again asked for his help with the problem she had initially contacted him about.
Mor knew he had no power to change the decision she wanted changed, but continued pretending that he did, “and thereby caused her to continue being dependent on him, while intending to exploit this dependency to promote a sexual relationship,” the indictment said.
Aside from the damage he caused his victims, the indictment said, Mor violated the public’s trust by abusing his authority to advance his personal interests. The policewomen, it noted, feared to reject his advances lest he retaliate by hindering their professional careers.