Jerusalem Man Acquitted of Raping Daughter

Judges find strong suspicion the daughter, her mother and her aunt coordinated stories.

Tomer Applebaum

A Jerusalem man in his 50s was acquitted on Wednesday of charges that he’d raped and sexually abused his daughter, as the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the daughter’s testimony was unreliable and that a strong suspicion existed it had been coordinated with other family members.

The case began in 2011, when the man’s wife discovered he was having an affair and the two launched acrimonious divorce proceedings. In 2012, the man filed a domestic violence complaint against his wife, and shortly afterward their daughter filed a police complaint against the father. The girl, who is now in her 30s, said that when she was between the ages of 12 and 16, her father had sexually abused her and raped her on several occasions.

Shortly after that, the girl’s aunt, the mother’s sister, also filed a complaint claiming the man had abused her as well some 20 years before. Police began an investigation but never arrested the man.

Three years later, when the man himself approached police and asked them to close the case, the prosecution asked police to investigate further, and after a short time the man was charged with several counts of raping and sexually abusing his daughter.

But Jerusalem District Court judges Raphael Carmel, Carmi Mossek and Shirley Renner found the father not guilty, saying that there was a strong suspicion that the daughter, the mother and the aunt had conspired against him and coordinated their testimonies.

Attorney Adi Carmeli, the father’s lawyer, said, “Five years of legal torture have ended in the defendant’s acquittal. I’m pleased for my client that this is the result and that the truth has come to light. The phenomenon of false complaints is an evil that must be fought. Today’s verdict is part of this just war.”

The Jerusalem prosecution said that "despite the trial's results, the prosecution is asking to convey a clear message to victims of the offense, according to which it's very important that they gather the courage to complain and give full testimony that will reveal the harm done to them in order to aid the struggle against the difficult phenomenon of sex crimes."