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The Central District Attorney on Tuesday charged a 36- year-old man with
multiple counts of sodomy against a 13-year-old boy, in what was the third
indictment filed so far following a massive police sting operation targeting
child sex offenders.
The defendant, named only as Gimmel in the
indictment, cannot be identified because of a gag order.
remanded in custody two weeks ago as part of a wave of arrests following the
police sting, during which a police agent posing as a 12-year-old child made
contact with him.
In addition to charges of sodomy against a minor aged
under 14 and under 16, Gimmel is charged with sexual harassment and attempted
sexual harassment of a minor under 15.
Tuesday’s indictment, filed in the
Central District Court in Petah Tikva, is the latest to be filed after police
arrested 27 suspected pedophiles earlier this month, in what was the largest
Israeli operation against sex offenders to date.
The police said they
carried out the sting as part of an ongoing war against pedophilia, including
grooming and assaulting minors using internet chat software.
As part of
the operation, police agents posed as children and talked to suspects over a
chat service offered by the Walla! website, and via instant messenger. Police
also operated a line on which agents posing as children would take calls from
suspects wishing to set up sexual encounters with minors.
against Gimmel lists details of internet chat conversations he allegedly had
with children, in which he discussed sex and set up sexual encounters with young
According to the first charge on the indictment, in January Gimmel
made contact with a 13-year-old boy, A.A., and the two chatted on
In the chat transcript included in the indictment, Gimmel
introduced graphic sexual topics into the conversation, in which he asked the
child to perform a sex act with him.
“Is there any chance that you’ll be
home alone one morning?” Gimmel asked A.A., according to the
When A.A. said no, Gimmel asked whether the two could meet in
the public bathrooms at a shopping mall or in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon
“Maybe you could find the time to meet after school… it’s
important,” Gimmel later wrote to A. A., again according to the
Shortly after the chat, Gimmel met with A. A. on the roof of
a building in Tel Aviv, and had the child perform a sex act on
Another of the charges alleges that in February 2011, Gimmel
contacted a 14-yearold boy via a men’s dating website, and attempted to set up a
meeting with the child for sex.
Gimmel was arrested after making contact
via the Walla! website with a police agent posing as a 12-year-old boy named
Allegedly, Gimmel told Idan12 that he was 26 and asked whether
the boy had “any experience”; later requesting Idan12 describe any sex acts he
had performed on boys.
According to the district attorney, more
indictments against others arrested during the police anti-pedophile operation
are expected in the upcoming weeks.
On Sunday, the district attorney
filed charges against a 49-year-old northern resident, which included counts of
attempted rape and attempted sexual harassment against a minor under the age of
The indictment said the defendant spoke several times via internet
chat programs and on the telephone with police agents whom he believed were
girls of 12 and 13. The defendant tried to set up sexual encounters with the
children, the indictment alleged.
The first indictment in the affair,
filed in the Central District Court last week, charged a 57-year-old Jerusalem
man with attempted sexual harassment, attempted sodomy and rape of a minor.
After making contact with a police agent he believed was a 12- year-old boy, the
defendant attempted to meet the child for sex in an apartment block, where he