Police Chief Candidate Faces Second Sexual Misconduct Charge

Maj. Gen. Uri Bar-Lev questioned at the department for the investigation of police officers in Jerusalem, as polygraph test supports initial sex assault claims.

Police Maj. Gen. Uri Bar-Lev is suspected of yet another case of sexual misconduct, the Justice Ministry’s department for the investigation of police officers announced on Monday.

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Bar-Lev, Israel's police representative to Washington and leading candidate to replace current police chief David Cohen, returned home early on Sunday to face the sexual assault allegations recently lodged against him by an external adviser to the Public Security Ministry.

Bar-Lev was questioned by investigation department officers on Monday. The department stated that the investigation revolved around the advisor's charges, as well as another complaint about sexual misconduct.

The adviser has filed charges against Bar-Lev, claiming he sexually assaulted her during a police conference in Eilat two years ago.

Upon arrival, Bar-Lev told press Sunday that he had voluntarily returned to face the investigation, "without lawyers or PR." Bar-Lev asked reporters to be patient and wait until the investigation was concluded.

A polygraph test conducted on Sunday supported the claims made by A., as the adviser is known, in her testimony. A number of people have also testified on her behalf, include Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi and officials, from inside and outside the Public Security Ministry.

Some of the officials said A. had told them about the alleged attack shortly after it happened and had been very upset.

The attorney general instructed the public security minister Thursday to suspend the procedure for appointing the next police commissioner, following his decision to launch a criminal investigation into Bar-Lev, a leading candidate for the post.