Six Suspects Arrested for Sex Crimes Involving Underage Girls

Following an undercover operation over the past few months the men, two of them teachers, are suspected of using social media to engage with young girls

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Israeli police, 2014
Israeli police, 2014Credit: David Bachar
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The court on Thursday ordered an extension of the arrest of six men suspected of sex crimes on social media against young girls. Two of the men are teachers in different schools.

The six were arrested following an undercover operation over the past few months in which female detectives posed as 11- and 12-year-old girls on the internet. The suspects sent them film clips, photos and messages of a sexual nature, attempted to persuade them to undress on camera and to send them intimate photos.

The police confiscated the men’s computers and cellphones and are seeking evidence as to whether they initiated contact with actual young girls in addition to their contact with the undercover detectives.

The police released the exchanges between the detectives and the suspects. In one such exchange, the detective wrote: “Is it alright with you that I’m 13 years old? I’m really little compared to you,” and one of the suspects replied: “You’ll have sex sometime in your life,” and used a crude term for vagina.

In another exchange, one of the suspects wrote: “Have you ever seen a man’s penis? The detective wrote “only in a movie,” and the man answered: “Do you want to see? I’ll send you mine if you want.”

Two of the suspects are 19-year-old soldiers from Bat Yam and one is a 20-year-old man from Afula. The others are a 29-year-old from Ma’ale Adumim, a 36-year-old from Jerusalem, a 37-year-old from Hadera and a 49-year-old from Givatayim.