Israeli Handball Coach Accused of Pedophilia Also Harmed Girls Abroad, Police Say

Law enforcement officials believe handball coach Beno Reinhorn, 35, committed offenses involving 140 girls between the age of 9 and 15 in Israel

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Beno Reinhorn in Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court, Aug. 20, 2018.
Beno Reinhorn in Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court, Aug. 20, 2018.Credit: Moti Milrod
Josh Breiner
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Beno Reinhorn, the 35-year-old handball coach from the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya who is suspected of committing sexually-related offenses against 140 young girls in Israel, also victimized girls overseas, police alleged on Monday.

At a hearing in Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court on Reinhorn's continued detention, police also alleged that he had used social media to conceal his identity and make contact with girls he knew. The court ordered him held until Sunday, despite a police request that he be detained for another ten days.

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Reinhorn, who is married with two children, is suspected of using software that concealed his activities and of altering phone numbers that he used for texting minors to hide the origin of the messages.

The software made it difficult for police to track Reinhorn, whom they had been monitoring for months and who allegedly used a telephone number with an American prefix.

Reinhorn has denied the allegations against him and invoked his right to silence for the most part. He is employed by the Herzliya municipality and has been a handball coach for children for many years.

At Monday's hearing, a member of the investigation team in the case, Police Superintendent Uri Sadeh, said law enforcement officials were continually discovering additional victims of Reinhorn, who was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of rape, sodomy, sexual harassment and other indecent acts in addition to fraud.

Reinhorn allegedly presented himself in correspondence as a woman from a modeling agency or a producer and is accused of luring girls to talk to him and later of committing sexual acts on them and of sending nude photos the girls. He is also alleged to have deleted some of his correspondence to keep police off his tracks.

Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court Judge Shirly Delek-Neveh said Reinhorn has not been cooperating in the investigation, but added that nevertheless, "the suspicions have been established and strengthened."

As part of an effort to reach others who may have been harmed by Reinhorn, police on Sunday took the unusual step of disclosing the pseudonyms that they said he used in his contacts with girls on social media. Police have said they have thousands of photos, videos and WhatsApp chats between Reinhorn and female minors.