Convicted Israeli Sex Offender Charged With Violent Rape While Under State Supervision

Turki Bioch, 40, enticed his victim – who doesn’t speak Hebrew – into his house on a false pretext and then brutally assaulted and raped her, indictment says

A convicted sex offender has been charged with committing another, brutal rape while still under state supervision for his previous crime.

Turki Bioch, 40, of Yavneh was indicted on Sunday for raping an Eritrean asylum seeker two weeks ago. After the rape, the indictment said, he offered to pay his victim so she wouldn’t complain to the police and threatened to murder her if she did.

Bioch has 10 previous convictions, most for crimes of violence, and has served seven prison sentences, including an eight-year term for rape and one year for false imprisonment and sexual assault. He was released from jail in October 2014, but was still under Israel Prison Service supervision as a released sex offender who was deemed to constitute a medium- to high-level threat. This supervision included being tailed by agents, regular meetings with Prison Service officials and monitoring of his phone calls.

According to the indictment filed by the Central District prosecution, Bioch enticed his victim – who doesn’t speak Hebrew – into his house on a false pretext and then brutally assaulted and raped her, causing injuries severe enough that she needed to be hospitalized for two days. He is also charged with holding her prisoner. He is being held without bail until the end of his trial.

The victim has been in Israel for six and a half years. Two weeks ago, the indictment said, Bioch came to her workplace and waited for her. She got off work at 11 P.M. and planned to return to her Tel Aviv home. Bioch suggested they share a taxi, and she agreed. But he told the taxi driver to take them to his own home in Yavneh instead.

When they arrived, he asked the complainant to help him carry a few things up to his apartment. But the moment they entered, he locked the door and assaulted her, causing head injuries and bleeding in her eye.

She screamed for help, at which point Bioch clapped his hand over her mouth so tightly that she had trouble breathing. He then threatened to “slaughter her” and ordered her to strip.

Afterward, she asked to go to the bathroom, and he agreed. But he followed her there and raped her repeatedly in the bathroom. He also violently sodomized her.

The whole time, the indictment said, the victim was begging him to stop, saying he was hurting her and that she didn’t want to have sex with him. But his only response was to repeat his threat to kill her.

Hush money and death threat

Afterward, he offered to pay her 1,400 shekels ($390) if she didn’t complain to the police and threatened to kill her if she did.

Only at about 4 A.M., when Bioch fell asleep, did his victim manage to flee, barefoot and clad only in shorts and a scarf. She left her clothing and purse, including her wallet and cell phone, in Bioch’s apartment.

Before the Prison Service set up its Tzur unit, which monitors released sexual offenders, the recidivism rate among such offenders was 20 percent. Today, the unit says, the rate has dropped to 1.5 percent of the approximately 1,200 offenders it monitors.

Prior to being released, every sex offender undergoes a psychological evaluation to determine what level of risk he constitutes. For any offender deemed more than a minimal risk, the Prison Service asks the court to allow some form of monitoring, with the exact type dependent on the level of risk he poses.

Gil Gabay, Bioch’s public defender, said his client admits to having sex with the complainant, but claims it was consensual.