Israel Police: Charge Prison Warden With Rape

Recommendation for charges comes at the end of a month-long investigation against prison director Shoham Yosef who allegedly raped his subordinate.

Ayalon Prison.
Ofer Vaknin

The police announced Thursday that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Shoham Yosef, director of Ayalon Prison in Ramle, on suspicion of sex crimes.

According to the police, the month-long investigation raises a suspicion that on several occasions he raped and committed indecent acts against an Israel Prison Service employee who was his subordinate.

“The findings of the investigation indicate that Yosef allegedly committed rape and indecent acts on several occasions against a female employee who was his subordinate, and sexually harassed another employee while she was under his command in one of his previous positions, but because of the time that has passed the statute of limitations applies to the case,” said the police.

Now, with the conclusion of the investigation, they recommend prosecuting him for crimes of rape, an indecent act against an adult while exploiting her, and abusing the power of his position on several occasions.

After this decision, the investigative file will now be sent to the Central District Prosecutor’s Office for further handling.