Another Israeli Top Cop Questioned Over Sex Crimes

High-ranking police officer investigated following complaint filed by female subordinate; nature and severity of alleged offences are still unknown.

Daniel Tchetchik

A major general in the police was questioned on Wednesday evening on suspicion of sex crimes.

The probe was opened following a complaint filed this week by a female police officer who served as his subordinate. The alleged offences were committed a few years ago, and their nature and severity is as yet unknown.

The high-ranking police officer was questioned for more than seven hours, after which he was placed on a week-long leave.

The incident joins a series of cases involving top police officers who were investigated over various allegations, some of which were sexual in nature.

In February it emerged that former Deputy Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Nissim Mor was suspected of sexually harassing a police officer who asked for his help.

A couple of weeks prior, the commander of the Judea and Samaria police district, Maj. Gen. Kobi Cohen, stepped down amid allegations that he pursued an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.

In February, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino fired Commander Moti Hariv, head of the Coastal District’s central investigations unit, after he was investigated for alleged sexual assault against a police volunteer. Danino also fired the commander of the Coastal District, Maj. Gen. Hagay Dotan, and the head of a Be’er Sheva police station, Commander Moshe Ivgy, after both officers were investigated for sexual crimes by the Justice Ministry unit in charge of investigating police misconduct.