Israeli Handball Coach Indicted for Sex Crimes Against 121 Women, Minors

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Beno Reinhorn during his trial, August 2018
Beno Reinhorn during his trial, August 2018Credit: Moti Milrod

Israeli team handball coach Beno Reinhorn, 35, was indicted on Thursday for sexual offenses against 121 women and female minors.

Reinhorn was charged with using the internet to contact and harm 28 young girls and four adults, and attempting to do the same to another 45 minors and four adult women. In addition, he was charged with following another 40 minors on social networks in an attempt to contact them and harm them, too.

The indictment lists 35 counts against Reinhorn, including coercing women and girls to commit sexual acts, through the use of fraud; numerous acts of sodomy against minors; indecent acts and dozens of counts of attempts to carry out sexual offense against minors.

The State Prosecutor’s Office also asked the court to keep Reinhorn in custody for the duration of his trial.

The indictment is based on the testimony of some 120 prosecution witnesses. It says that Reinhorn instructed girls who he contacted over the internet to carry out acts of rape and indecent acts and to send him pictures.

Over the past two years, he allegedly contacted girls aged 9 to 17 on Instagram using fake identities, saying he was a modeling agent. He then asked then to send him video clips of them naked or with minimal clothing as part of their “audition.” Reinhorn also allegedly used software to hide his identity.

Reinhorn is accused of telling the women they would participate in television series and video clips, and 10 of the victims filmed themselves carrying out sexual acts on themselves and sent him the clips.

One of the victims, V., was nine and a half years old. Reinhorn impersonated an agent for models and proposed that she conduct a filmed audition through WhatsApp. After trying to convince her using false representations, V. sent him video clips of herself fully naked, and at his request also filmed herself carrying out serious sexual acts on herself, the indictment says.

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Later, Reinhorn allegedly asked her to continue and even advised her to use various accessories. In addition, he is charged with encouraging her to have sexual relations with her brother, otherwise she “would not be accepted.”

In a different case, Reinhorn convinced an 11-year-old girl to carry out sexual acts on herself as part of a so-called audition for a children’s television series with a well-known star. He was quoted as telling the girl, who complained of pain: “You have to get over the pain … and a long film, not 10 seconds,” the indictment says.

Shiri Rom, an attorney for the cyber department in the State Prosecutor’s Office, said: “It is not every day that this honorable court is faced with a supposedly normal person, who lies in wait to prey on minors on the internet, as the defendant did regularly.”

Reinhorn’s acts, their scope and circumstances, as laid out in the indictment, including the long period he carried them out and his success in hiding them – show how dangerous he is and “the sexual impulses controlling him, when it is clear that he lacks the ability to avoid carrying them out,” the prosecution’s statement said.

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