Israel Charges 15-year-old With Rape and Indecent Acts Against Six Girls

The charges against the 15-year-old include five counts of raping a female minor, four counts of indecent acts against a female minor and one count of attempted rape

Ran Shimoni
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Illustration image: A school in central Israel in November.
Illustration image: A school in central Israel in November.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Ran Shimoni
Ran Shimoni

A 15-year-old from Tel Aviv was indicted Thursday on charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent acts allegedly committed over the past two years against six girls.

In some of the cases, the abuse was said to have been exacted on victims with whom he had had intimate relations.

According to the indictment, the sexual offenses were committed without the victims’ consent, without the defendant having ascertained whether the girls would consent and in some instances, over the girls’ objection. The charges include five counts of raping a female minor, four counts of indecent acts against a female minor and one count of attempted rape.

He was arrested two weeks ago after several complaints alleging sexual offenses were filed against him, and he has remained in custody ever since.

“The defendant emotionally harmed the [girls], trampled their will and their honor, and behaved with them as if they were objects,” the Tel Aviv prosecutor’s office said in its request for the teen’s arrest. The statement argued his “pattern of sexual aggression” and alleged “serial” assaults made him exceptionally dangerous for his age.

Following the teen’s arrest, his lawyer, Haim Ohana, said that he denies the allegation against him and has been cooperating with investigators. “He has a deep acquaintance with the girls,” Ohana added.

The defendant transferred out from a south Tel Aviv school one year ago, having failed to integrate socially there. He was involved in violent incidents at the school and was suspected of drug-related offenses. With the assistance of city officials, his parents successfully request his transfer to a school in central Tel Aviv.

A source at new school claimed he was not “functional” as a student. Most of his alleged victims knew him from social settings and had not attended school with him.

Teachers at his former south Tel Aviv school said they were unaware of the suspicions against him until they heard about them in the media. “I’m very involved and the children talk to me. I would have heard about it,” said one of the teachers. Before the current suspicions became known, parents of students at the former school were aware of allegations against him because they were reported in a group chat for school parents.

Sources at the teen’s current school said that were unaware of his past when he was accepted at the school, although officials at the Tel Aviv Municipality dispute that.

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