School Psychologist Gets One Year in Jail for Molesting 8-year-old Boy

Haifa court also hands Farid Shehadah an 18-month suspended sentence; Shehadeh molested boy on several occasions.

Haifa District Court on Saturday sentenced a school psychologist convicted of molesting an 8-year-old boy whom he was treating to one year in prison.

The court added an 18-month suspended sentence, which will be in effect for three years.

The psychologist, Farid Shehadah, was employed in a school near Hadera. The verdict says that in August 2003, Shehadah summoned the boy, who was eight years old at the time, to his office for an examination. The boy arrived along with his sister and mother, and when the two left the room, Shehadah locked the door and molested the boy.

The verdict states that Shehadah continued to molest the boy throughout 2004.

Judges Ilan Schiff, Yitzhak Amit, and Hani Horowitz wrote that such crimes leave emotional scars, especially given the relationship of trust and dependency between a psychologist and a minor.