Suspected Pedophile Remanded as Gag Order Lifted on Arrest

Court aims to encourage other possible victims to come forward against Rishon Lezion man.

 Accused in court (Illustration).
Eyal Warshavsky

The Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court Thursday remanded Itay Darki, a Rishon Lezion man, for a week, on suspicion of dozens of incidents of indecent assault of minors, sexual harassment, and having pedophilic content on his computer. Police said that Darki confessed to some of the allegations.

Darki, who works for a high-tech company in Be’er Sheva, is suspected of coming to schools both there and in his hometown and using various means to get close to young girls, mainly aged 6 to 10. He is suspected of sexually assaulting them and sexually harassing them. A search of his computer revealed a large quantity of pedophilic material that strengthens the case against him.

Darki was arrested several days ago by the Southern District fraud squad. The court lifted the gag order on his arrest to encourage other possible victims to come forward and give evidence.

Darki’s attorney, Asaf Dok, told the Be’er Sheva court yesterday, “According to what Darki claims, these were low-level acts, at least with regard to the indecent assault. There is no claim that the acts were coerced or forced.” The attorney added, “We’re talking about a regular person with no criminal record, who did combat service and served in the office of the defense minister.” Dok added that his client “took responsibility” for some of the acts attributed to him during questioning.

The Defense Ministry issued a statement saying, “The detained suspect was never part of the defense minister’s security detail. He was a guard from a civilian company that provided services to the defense ministry, who was employed between 2009-2011 on the security team of the Kirya [Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv]. Since he left his job in 2011 he has had no connection to the Defense Ministry.”