Father, Son Indicted for Raping Daughter Over 9-year Period

Another man also accused of raping 14-year-old; mother charged with failing to report the alleged abuse.

A 48-year-old man and his son, 21, were indicted Sunday at Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court for allegedly raping and sexually abusing the family's 14-year-old daughter over a period of nine years.

The girl's mother is accused of knowing about the alleged attacks and doing nothing to prevent or report them.

Both parents and their son were arrested in mid-January, and the daughter was placed in the care of welfare services. Another man was also charged in connection with the case.

According to the prosecution, the father and son have confessed to most of the charges against them. The father faces charges of raping a family member, sexual abuse and forcing a minor to use drugs.

The indictment claims the girl was first raped by her brother when she was five. In some cases, the charge sheets says, he had forced her to perform acts of oral sex.

The indictment also alleges that at the age of eight, the daughter was raped by a man who had sold an apartment to her parents. During this alleged incident, the father had sent his daughter to the man's home, and he allegedly abused her, raped her and made her watch pornographic movies.

According to the indictment, the father allegedly began raping his daughter two years later, in 2002. For the first four years he is suspected of raping her twice weekly, but, since the summer of 2006, he is suspected of raping his daughter on a daily basis.

The indictment also said that the father allegedly forced his daughter to perform oral sex on him and be photographed in the nude. He also allegedly forced her to smoke marijuana before performing sexual acts.

When the brother found out his father had been arrested, he allegedly pressured his sister to not to speak to the police. The brother also allegedly asked a friend to testify to police that he was homosexual, and had no interest in sex with women. The brother is also charged with hampering the investigation.

The mother was charged with failing to report a crime after she noticed her daughter alone in the bedroom with her husband, who did not allow his wife to enter.

In addition to the indictment, the prosecution also requested that the father, brother and other man be kept in custody for the remainder of the proceedings.

The other man denies the charges against him and says that the girl never visited his home. But the prosecution said that the girl had accurately described the interior of the man's house, including the presence of a video that began as a nature film and ended as a pornographic film.