Bomb Shelter (empty) 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced a 50-year-old man to 15 years in prison,
on Wednesday, for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.
Argaman of Bnei Brak, who perpetrated the assault in January 2012, was also
fined NIS 50,000.
The girl’s name is under a gag-order mandated by the
Argaman intercepted the girl as she was leaving her residence, but
while she was still in its general vicinity.
He offered to help her on
her way to school, which she initially refused.
Argaman persisted until
she relented and then, as the two were walking past the residence’s
bomb-shelter, he pushed her into the bomb-shelter.
Next, he forced her
down on a moldy mattress in the shelter, removed her clothing and sexually
The girl attempted to scream, but Argaman warned her that
if she screamed he would assault her for longer and also injure her.
sexual assault caused the girl a number of injuries throughout her
In handing down what it considered a relatively harsh sentence in
the spectrum of sentences for sexual assaults, the court said it gave “serious
consideration to the age of the minor – a girl of only eight years – the
location of the event – around her residence, which was supposed to be a haven
of security for her – and the dark and damp scene of the crime, which also
increased the fear and anxiety that filled the girl.”
The court noted
that Argaman “failed to take responsibility for his actions.” It also noted that
there is “a real danger of him repeating his actions.”
evidence brought about Argaman’s difficult life and circumstances, the court
said no circumstances justified such a “brutal” act of violence against such a