A 60-year-old man from Ashdod was indicted last week on charges of
repeatedly raping his five-year-old granddaughter over a prolonged
period, police announced on Tuesday.
The young girl's father first became suspicious after he was told by his
daughter that she shared a "big secret" with her grandfather which she
was forbidden to divulge.
The father encouraged his daughter to share her secret with him,
promising not to tell anyone else, and then learned of the abuse, police
The girl had also refused to visit her grandfather, further adding to
the suspicions. Ashdod police and Social Services were called by the
family, and the young girl gave a "shocking testimony."
A youth officer from Social Services concluded that "the girl had
undergone severe incidents," adding that the reliability of her
testimony was "high."
The suspect was indicted last week on charges of rape, sexual abuse of a
related minor, threatening behavior,
and disrupting the course of an investigation. He has been ordered to
remain in custody until the end of legal proceedings.