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In another blow to the credibility of the police, former deputy police commissioner Nissim Mor was indicted on Tuesday for sexual harassment and breach of public trust in the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court.
Mor, once the second in command in the country of the entire police force, was charged by the Police Investigations Department with sexually harassing a specific lower-ranked policewoman intensely and generally harassing a large number of lower-ranked policewomen.
According to the indictment, which Mor has confessed to as part of a plea bargain, he told lower-ranked women he could advance their careers in an effort to get them to interact with him in a sexual manner.
He sent them sexually-charged text messages, made sexually-charged verbal comments and met with them outside of work hours in ways that did not conform to his position as their direct or indirect superior officer.
In some cases, Mor even acted to advance their careers, but hid from other police officials involved of his conflict of interest.
The indictment said that globally the sexual harassment conduct was also a breach of public trust of his duties as one of the department’s top officers – sending a message to other top officials that they could act similarly.
The plea bargain, if approved by the court, provides that the PID will not seek more than several months in prison as a maximum punishment and that Mor can request no time in jail from the court.
Mor was fired by the police force in January 2015 after 36 years of service.
In November 2015, State Attorney Shai Nitzan announced that he may indict him in relation to sexual harassment of six policewomen.