Former Deputy Police Commissioner Nissim Mor is likely to be indicted for sexual harassment, indecent acts, fraud and breach of trust, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday.
Mor, a former police major general, is entitled to a hearing with the prosecution before a final decision is made on the final charges and whether to indict.
State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan has approved the charges, the Justice Ministry’s unit for investigating police officers wrote to Mor. The ex-major general was informed that his behavior sent a “dangerous message to junior commanders: ‘If such a senior officer is allowed, then we too are allowed.’ This would have a destructive influence on the public’s faith in the police.”
Over the past two years, several senior officers have resigned amid criminal investigations and other scandals, a number of them for sexual harassment.
Mor was fired from the police in March because of the investigation against him. He is accused of having intimate relations with six lower-ranked, younger women officers when he was a district commander and later deputy commissioner.
He allegedly harassed three of the women, taking advantage of his rank. He is also charged with committing indecent acts against one of them, after allegedly kissing her against her will.
Investigators suspect that Mor met some of the women after they approached him with work-related requests. He allegedly took advantage of them after saying he could help them, often assigning duties where they would be working directly with him.
Mor was originally suspected of obstructing the investigation, but this charge was dropped. Mor said he was not trying to hide information from investigators such as text messages he sent the policewomen and later erased. He said he was only hiding the texts from his wife.
During the investigation, Mor admitted that he had relations with one of the women over the past year and in two other cases in the past. He said all these relationships were consensual and without a quid pro quo at the police force.