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More female victims of a sex offender and con artist have come forwarded, saying they were duped into sleeping with the man, who gave them an infectious disease, Tel Aviv police said Sunday.
The suspect, a resident of the South named Dekel Shashunker, was arrested last month on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, fraud and “spreading a disease,” for allegedly posing as an undercover police officer in order to have sex with a 17-year-old girl against her will.
On Thursday a Tel Aviv judge banned publication of the disease that he is suspected of passing to his victims, a ban that is still in place.
With the ban of the suspect’s identity lifted last week, police asked for public assistance in finding additional victims, saying that they suspect he used the same methods to snare other victims and fearing that other people could fall ill.
Over the weekend, police said two other women came forward to issue complaints, including a 24-year-old woman who police said told them that Shashunker had posed as an undercover cop working around the central bus station, and that on another occasion they had met he said he was an “international businessman.”
On Sunday they said they still believe there are other victims, and again called on people to come forward and to get themselves examined if they fear they fell victim to the scam.