Ariel Resident Charged With Serial Sexual Abuse of Minors

Prosecution: We have substantial proof, including tapes of Shalom Oppochinski confessing to the assaults.

A 50-year-old resident of the settlement of Ariel was indicted Tuesday for the repeated sexual assault of children between the ages of eight and 15 years.

Shalom Oppochinski was charged at Tel Aviv District Court for assaults first exposed in the "Screen Saver" program on Channel 10 television.

The prosecution says that it has substantial evidence against Oppochinski, including multiple tape recordings in which he confesses to carrying out the acts, and describes his uncontrollable attraction to minors.

Oppochinski is also heard saying that even if he is jailed for a prolonged period of time, he would refuse treatment in prison, and continue the abuse after his release.

Police claim that Oppochinski has been abusing children for a sustained period, and have requested that be held in custody until the end of legal proceedings against him.