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Supreme Court finds school principal guilty of
By Roni Singer, Tsahar Rotem and Yuval Yoaz
Haaretz - February 19, 2004 Shvat 27, 5764
A Haifa elementary school principal was found guilty
by the Supreme Court this week of sexually abusing students, aged 8-11, in
The suspect was originally acquitted by the Haifa District
Court, but was convicted of abusing his position. The Supreme Court has sent
the case back to the District Court for sentencing.
The charge sheet states that one afternoon, the principal
called three students into his office and ordered them to take off their
trousers. He then asked them if they felt ashamed and allegedly touched the
genitals of one of the students, and asked him if he enjoyed it.
On another occasion, the suspect ordered an 11-year-old
to strip and then touched his genitals. He also allegedly used to ask students
to check that they had been circumcized.
Also this week, Netanya police arrested a 30-year-old
resident who is suspected of abusing his wife's four siblings, three girls
aged 5, 8 and 12 and a 3-year-old boy.
Police launched the investigation following a family
discussion on Saturday night during which two of the girls alleged that their
brother-in-law had touched their private parts over a period of a few weeks
about half a year ago.
The children's grandfather then filed a complaint
with police, and the four children were questioned, with them explaining
to officers what the suspect allegedly did to them. He was arrested on Tuesday
and denies the allegations.
The man and his wife lived with her parents for
some time and police believe that that is when he allegedly abused the
Netanya police said the suspect has been released
to house arrest at a relative's home, outside the city. Police expect to
indict him soon. Some four months ago, the man's 23-year-old wife filed a
complaint with police that her husband had beaten her. The man has been under
house arrest since and the couple has divorced.
At the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court yesterday, a 30-year-old
yachting instructor from Herzliya was remanded in custody until Sunday on
suspicion of abusing four 11-year-olds. The judge took the rare decision
himself of issuing a gag order on publication of the suspect's name and
The suspect worked for six years as an instructor at
a yachting club in the Herzliya marina. One of the children who goes to the
youth club told his parents recently that the instructor had done some things
with which he was not comfortable. The child eventually told his parents
that the instructor would allegedly touch his genitals, and the parents filed
a complaint with police.
The parents also spoke with the parents of other children
in the boy's group and another three children came forward with similar
complaints as a result.
Police said yesterday that since the suspect has worked
at the club for a number of years, they will look into whether other children
were also possibly abused by the man.
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