Four police officers suspected of sexual assault

The alleged offenses, originally reported by Channel 1, took place a few months ago at the the Jerusalem police station.

March 6, 2017 13:34
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A commander of a Jerusalem District Police station, his deputy, and two other police officers were investigated following allegations that they sexually assaulted a female janitor.

The Ministry of Justice’s Police Internal Investigations Department (PID) did not find evidence to prosecute after the officers claimed the sexual relations with the cleaning worker were consensual.

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The alleged offenses, reported by Channel 1 on Sunday, took place a few months ago at the Jerusalem police station.

In addition to the sexual assault allegation, one of the officers allegedly imprisoned the cleaning woman in a room at the station.

On Sunday, the PID recommended a disciplinary hearing against the officers. The station commander, who has a rank of chief superintendent, and another police officer were placed on leave until the disciplinary proceedings conclude. A third officer was dismissed.

“After examining the evidence and the overall circumstances of the case, no evidence was found of a criminal offense, but it is apparent that there was misconduct, and therefore the PID recommended that the two police commanders and the police officers be brought in for a disciplinary trial,” the PID said in a statement.

“My client was returned to active duty and that speaks for itself,” attorney Yehuda Shoshan, who represents the deputy commander of the station, told Ynet News on Sunday.

A number of high-ranking officers have been accused of sexual harassment and assault, among them former deputy police commissioner Nissim Mor, who plead guilty in July 2016 to sexually harassing several lower-ranking officers.

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