Convicted paedophile to be released under house arrest

August 26, 2010 15:15

Convicted paedophile Adrian Schwartz, 66, is to be released from prison next week and bound under house arrest, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.  He is also banned from approaching areas in which there are children, such as playgrounds or schools.

Schwartz was convicted last year of raping a child in Jerusalem in 1991. He was first convicted in 2002 but was then aquitted after appealing to the High Court of Justice.

The indictment against Schwartz, 65, included seven counts of rape, but he was only convicted of one, for seducing a ten-year-old girl he met on the street and raping her in a warehouse in Jerusalem.

In September 2005, Supreme Court justice Edmond Levy decided to hold a retrial, after Schwartz insisted for years that his conviction was mistaken. Levy based his decision on an inconclusive DNA test, which found Schwartz's DNA but also someone else's on the scene of the crime, thus opening up the possibility that Schwartz was not exclusively responsible for the crime. A panel of judges headed by Judge Bracha Ophir-Tom decided that the DNA test could not rule out Schwartz's involvement.

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