An investigation into a child rape allegation in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox)
town of Modi’in Illit is still under way despite the main complainant having
withdrawn her allegations in a television interview on Wednesday.
kindergarten supervisor who made the complaint to police last week told Channel
2 that she had made up the story, saying, “I blew it out of proportion and made
up a story that, in essence, specifically in that place, did not
With her voice and face obscured, the woman said that she had
made the false complaint because the city did not treat rape complaints
properly, and that her act was her way of “shocking the system” so the city
would begin to look into such cases.
An official with the Judea and
Samaria Police told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the interview had had no
effect on the investigation, which was still open.
Police were still
interviewing community leaders, local residents and religious officials, the
official said, but so far had not been able to find the suspect or the
five-year-old girl who was allegedly raped in the incident.
added that the supervisor was still the key to the entire case, because she was
the one who had purportedly treated the girl after the incident and made the
initial complaint. She was called in for questioning on Thursday after the
Channel 2 interview, but did not appear, sending her attorney to tell police she
was not feeling well.
According to the official, police are familiar with
the sensitivity of such cases for the haredi community and have taken such
issues into consideration.
Once the case went public on Tuesday, media
reports presented it as a sort of cover-up, in that the complaint was made to
police only about two weeks after the girl first reported it to the educator.
Judea and Samaria Police said they had only begun their initial investigation
after a reporter asked them about the case.
Also on Thursday, Jerusalem
District Police announced the Wednesday arrest of a man accused of sexually
assaulting an 11-year-old girl from the country’s Center who had been staying in
Police said the man had been undergoing therapy for the issue,
paid for by the haredi community to discourage victims’ families from
complaining to police.
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
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