Serial rapist Benny Sela, currently being detained at Rimonim Prison, was back in the dubious limelight after allegedly committing an indecent act in his cell while talking to a female Israel Prisons Service (IPS) officer on Monday.
The Prisons Service officials said the officer arrived at the isolation ward to speak with Sela, but as they were conversing, she noticed his face was turning red. As Sela was located on the other side of a closed door, the officer could only see his facial expression as they spoke. Sela allegedly held a small mirror in his hand and when he moved it, the officer noticed that he had exposed himself and was performing an indecent act during the conversation.
The officer immediately informed the wardens, who brought in an investigator, and a complaint was filed with the police. After hearing the information, police decided to open a case against Sela on charges of indecent exposure and committing an indecent act.
"It was a disgusting incident," one female IPS officer told the The Jerusalem Post Monday evening.
Earlier Monday, Tel Aviv police investigating Sela's escape asked for the public's help in identifying items found on Sela's person that they believed had been stolen while the serial rapist tried to evade police searches. Police said that in the stolen car in which Sela was traveling when apprehended, they found camping equipment, including a dark-red sleeping bag, a hiking backpack, a laminated map and a sharpened blade.
Police said that citizens who had such items stolen from them in recent weeks should contact police, in the hopes that finding the owners will help them determine where Sela spent the two weeks after he escaped police custody.