The Central District Court ruled today that David Ben-Haham Hafuta, the
Netanya Rabbi charged with using mystical threats to make a 13-year-old
girl have sex with him, will remain in custody throughout the court
proceedings against him.
The state had requested Hafuta remain in custody, rather than being
released to house arrest, claiming that the Rabbi posed a threat to the
Hafuta, a 64-year-old community rabbi from Netanya was arrested in May
and charged with forcing the 13-year-old into having sex with him by
exploiting his authority and using “mystical threats” to intimidate her.
According to the charge sheet, Hafuta is accused of performing sexual acts on three occasions with the girl.