A sexual predator spent the past three years assaulting teenage boys in Haifa,
methodically selecting, grooming, and having his way with his victims, police
The suspect, a 50-something resident of the city’s
southern neighborhood whose name has not been cleared for publication, is
believed to have sexually assaulted at least seven boys between the ages of 13
Police said the suspect met the alleged victims in his
neighborhood and spent time slowly building up their trust, before inviting them
to his house, where he would sexually assault them.
When asked how the
abuse was able to go on for so long without the victims’ parents noticing, a
police source said that the victims all came from very poor, Ethiopian immigrant
families and that most of the parents don’t understand Hebrew well, or were more
often out working or unfamiliar with lodging complaints with police.
added that most of the parents only found out about the story after police told
them that their children had complained.
The case only came to light on
Wednesday, after the Haifa Magistrate’s Court lifted a gag order on the
Police first caught wind of the suspect when they received
a complaint from one of his alleged victims several months ago.
police spokesman said the suspect exploited the victims’ low socioeconomic
status, buying them sweets, computer games, and cash in order to get close to
The juvenile unit of the YAMAR investigative team’s Coastal region
began interviewing residents of his neighborhood and eventually spoke to seven
boys who said they were assaulted by the man.
On Wednesday the suspect
was brought before the Haifa Magistrate’s Court, where they extended his remand
until Sunday. In the meantime, police said the court will examine whether or not
the man is fit to stand trial.
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