Police detain 3 over TA 'group sex' investigation
'Why didn't more members of the public call us'? police source wonders, following beach group sex investigation.
Playing in the water at a Tel Aviv beach Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
Three youths were detained on Wednesday morning in connection with a group-sex
incident on a Tel Aviv beach, involving several youths and a woman.
police source said the youths were providing “open statements,” which means that
they are not yet being questioned under caution as full-blown suspects despite
“We still don’t know what exactly happened,” the source
As the national spotlight falls on police in Tel Aviv for allegedly
failing to stop the incident despite receiving a report, some in the police are
also asking why the many beach-goers who witnessed the event did not come forward
to report it.
According to a Haaretz report this week, a large number of
witnesses saw several males engage in sexual acts with a 35-year-old woman on
Bograshov Beach. The woman, who is a mother, was the recipient of psychiatric
care, the report said.
Police at first said that a woman called to alert
them to the acts, and that a patrol car was subsequently sent to the area. After
spotting nothing unusual, officers went back to the station.
growing media pressure, police have now launched an investigation into their own
conduct, and intensified efforts to get to the bottom of what occurred on the
The police source told The Jerusalem Post that the incident should
have been reported by many members of the public who apparently witnessed
“More people should have called,” the source said.
caller who did report the acts to police told Channel 2 on Tuesday evening that
the 35-year-old woman involved in the acts appeared to be drugged.
didn’t seem lucid,” the witness said.
Police have put out a call to all
witnesses who were on the beach that day to come forward to the Lev Tel Aviv
station and provide testimony.