An indictment is expected soon in the case of a Tel Aviv man believed to have raped a large number of local women whom he met on Internet dating sites.

Police believed that the man used date rape drugs to incapacitate the women, but lab results have proved inconclusive.

The case was opened in June, when police received a complaint from a woman who said she woke up at the man’s house with no recollection of the night before and who said she had been drugged and raped.

Following other complaints involving the suspect, police set up a sting operation, including an apartment rigged with hidden cameras where a female undercover cop who met the man online waited for him. In late June, after the suspect came to the apartment with a bottle of vodka and poured the officer a drink, detectives rushed in, arrested him and took the bottle for tests.

No connection to any tranquilizers was proven, but the suspect has been kept in custody ever since and his remand has been extended six times.

Police have long warned of the danger of party drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB and GBL, but have never been able to secure an indictment against anyone for using them to commit a crime.

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