(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
The Police Investigations Department filed an indictment against a 37-year-old police officer from Ariel, Boaz Mishori, on suspicion of indecent assault of four minors ages six and eight while he worked as a noncommissioned police officer and summer camp counselor.
Mishori sas also charged on Thursday with obstruction of justice, breach of trust, and seeking to harm a witness, for allegedly seeking retribution against an officer who was involved in a prior molestation investigation against Mishori in 2015.
Attorney Kobi Palomo, who represents the defendant, said his client denies the charges against him and advised against “jumping to conclusions.”
According to the indictment, the officer took advantage of his role as police officer and counselor at an Israel Police summer camp.
“As part of his duties as a noncommissioned officer in the Israel Police, the defendant was in frequent contact with the residents of the area, including lecturing children in schools and kindergartens on various issues, including road safety and activities of the Israel Police,” the indictment stated, “In addition, the defendant served as a counselor at a summer camp held by the Israel Police.”
Mishori also allegedly took advantage of his close relationships with Ariel residents to assault their children.
When Mishori was arrested last month, the Israel Police said that this was a “serious and exceptional case,” and that the police “forcefully reject any criminal behavior.”