Israeli Handball Coach Expected to Be Charged on 170 Counts of Pedophilia

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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

The Israeli prosecution on Monday filed a statement against Beno Reinhorn, the 35-year-old handball coach from Herzliya who is suspected of sexual offenses against 170 underage girls.

The charges are expected to be filed on Thursday, until which time he will stay in remand, the Rishon Letzion court ruled.

Reinhorn is suspected of rape, sodomy, sexual harassment and other indecent acts. The police say they have wrapped up the investigation, and stated that they found a sophisticated, methodical pattern of behavior over years.

During the court hearing on Monday, Reinhorn burst into tears and asked to talk with his family. 

Reinhorn is suspected of corresponding with girls aged 9 to 15, including girls overseas, posing as a female modeling agent or producer, and persuading them to commit sexual acts and send him nude pictures. He concealed his phone number with software that faked an American origin of calls. At a later stage, he tried to blur his tracks by deleting some correspondence. The police published aliases Reinhorn used in his conversations with girls on social media.

The case, which the police call one of the worst pedophilia cases they have encountered in substance and in extent, came to light last month.

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