A 44-year-old American tourist twice raped, threatened and sexually assaulted an
Israeli woman in Ashkelon, according to an indictment filed in the Beersheba
District Court on Monday.
According to the indictment, filed by the
Southern District Attorney, the defendant, Nikolai Tasberman, met the
complainant, known only as B., years ago when the two studied together in a
school in Bielce, Moldova’s second-largest city.
In recent years, the two
kept in touch via the internet, the indictment said.
came to Israel on a tourist visa in 2011, but when his visa expired, he remained
in the country unlawfully.
While in Israel, Tasberman maintained friendly
contact with B., but the two did not have any kind of intimate or romantic
relationship, the indictment said.
According to the indictment, the first
rape took place one morning late last month when B. was in her daughter’s home
caring for her infant granddaughter.
Tasberman came to visit, and when
let him into the apartment, he told her that he had come to say
farewell because he had decided to go back home to the US, the indictment
B. asked Tasberman whether he had brought with him a passport
photograph of her that he had in his possession and which she wanted back, but
Tasberman replied that he first “wanted to get something” from B., meaning that
he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her, the indictment said.
refused, and even told Tasberman that she had her period, so that he would leave
her alone, the indictment charges.
However, according to the indictment,
Tasberman told B. that he didn’t believe her, and dragged her into the
children’s bedroom, shoved her onto the floor and said that unless she wanted
him to use force, she should cooperate and “do what is necessary.”
B. told Tasberman that she did not want to have sex with him, Tasberman
threatened her, saying he would “ruin her life,” the indictment
Tasberman allegedly said that he would rape B., that if she
would not “give it up to him” he would force her to have oral sex with him, and
cursed B., calling her a “whore.”
After forcibly undressing B., Tasberman
kissed her on the chest, leaving a mark, before raping her, the indictment
Shortly after that rape, the indictment said, B. sent an email
to Tasberman, asking him to return the passport photograph of her that he had in
his possession, and Tasberman promised to do so.
On May 14, however,
Tasberman paid an unexpected visit to B.’s house, but B.
did not open the
door to Tasberman, and talked with him through a small opening in the closed
Allegedly, Tasberman asked B. if she really wanted the photograph
back, and said that if she did he would need to “have her” in
Tasberman forced open the door, the indictment alleges, dragged
B. into the children’s bedroom, pushed her onto a bed and tried to undress her,
the indictment said, first tearing off her bra and indecently assaulting
Tasberman then raped B. a second time, the indictment
Later, Tasberman dragged B. into the lounge, pushed her onto a sofa
and forcibly kissed her before threatening to strangle her, the indictment
When the telephone in the apartment rang, B. managed to answer and
screamed that she was being raped, the indictment said, and afterwards B. ran to
an open kitchen window and screamed out of it.
Meanwhile, Tasberman told
B. that if he could not have her, then nobody else could either, the indictment
“I’ll find you, don’t you worry,” Tasberman allegedly threatened
B. as he left the house.
The assault left B. battered and bruised, the
Alongside the indictment, the Southern District Attorney
also filed a request that Tasberman be remanded in custody for the duration of
the criminal proceedings against him.
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