Israeli diplomat arrested by FBI in Atlanta

By NATHAN GUTTMAN
August 31, 2006 21:07

An Israeli diplomat from the Consulate-General in Atlanta was arrested Thursday on suspicion of holding child pornography material on his computer and child exploitation. Yosef Sagir Ofri, 37, was serving as the security officer at the Israeli diplomatic mission in Atlanta and was carrying an Israeli diplomatic passport. A press release put out by the Columbia County sheriff's office, states that the Israeli diplomat was arrested Thursday and his home was searched. According to the indictment handed down by a Columbia County grand jury, Sagir-Ofri is charged with seducing a child by email and internet contacts, "to commit illegal acts relating to sodomy, aggravated sodomy, child molestation and aggravated child molestation, utilizing verbal descriptions, narrative accounts and photographic depictions." The investigation was conducted by the local Sheriff department in cooperation with state and federal agencies.


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