Israeli Handball Coach Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Dozens of Girls, Women

Beno Reinhorn convicted in plea deal after using a false identity on social media to convince victims to commit sex acts on camera

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Beno Reinhorn in court in Rishon Letzion, August 20, 2018.
Beno Reinhorn in court in Rishon Letzion, August 20, 2018. Credit: Moti Milrod
Josh Breiner
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A handball coach was convicted on Tuesday of sex crimes against 57 girls and eight women.

The Tel Aviv District Court convicted Beno Reinhorn in a plea bargain of raping minors, sodomy, consensual sexual assault in which consent was obtained fraudulently, threats, impersonation and other crimes. The court hasn’t yet decided on his sentence, though the prosecution is expended to seek a lengthy one.

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Reinhorn, 37, of Herzliya, met his victims on social media while using a false identity. He usually presented himself as being from a modeling agency, an acting troupe or some other position in the entertainment world. He would then use this false identity to persuade his victims to commit sex acts on camera.

In one case, the indictment said, Reinhorn persuaded a 9-year-old girl to have sex with her brother. In another, he persuaded an 11-year-old to commit sexual acts on herself by telling her she was auditioning for a television series.

Some of Reinhorn's victims weren’t included in the plea bargain because they didn’t want to give statements to the police. He was originally suspected of crimes against 121 women and girls, of whom 84 were included in the original indictment. But the number dropped to 65 in the amended indictment submitted as part of the plea bargain.

The prosecution said in a statement that the plea bargain was meant primarily to spare the victims – most of them minors – from having to testify in court. It will also save the court system considerable time, given that the indictment included 160 prosecution witnesses, the statement added.

Over the past two weeks, the prosecution informed the parents of all the victims of the planned plea bargain, and according to one prosecution source, all the parents consented to it.

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