Beno Reinhorn headshot, August 20, 2018.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/ MAARIV)
Beno Reinhorn assaulted minors both in Israel and overseas, police fear, as the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court on Monday extended his remand until next Sunday. Reinhorn was accused last week of sexually assaulting more than 140 underage people.
The police requested Reinhorn’s remand be extended another 10 days on Monday to allow the court to oversee the investigation. While Reinhorn’s lawyers wondered why any extension of the detention was needed, police said they opened four investigations into the case and there were possibly a total of seven investigations into Reinhorn’s activities. Police representatives said they were unable to complete the investigation in the time allotted by the courts, and were thus requesting an extended remand.
While Reinhorn’s lawyers complained about his name being released publicly, a police representative countered the publication of his identity, saying it has helped uncover other misdeeds.
“I hope public awareness has risen, because there is no doubt it is easy to continue to harm minors, especially at the ages the suspect targeted,” a police representative said. “Not just that, but the suspect did not stop at targeting minors in Israel, he also assaulted minors overseas.”
Reinhorn, a youth sports coach, was arrested last week in the largest pedophile case in Israel’s history, accused of offenses that include rape, sexual assault, sodomy, indecent exposure, online assault and more.
He allegedly lured his victims through various social media platforms, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, using a number of disguises including as an agent at a modeling agency, a TV and movie producer and bathing suit designer.
Reinhorn would exploit young girls’ innocence and convinced them to send him revealing, and at times, nude photographs of themselves.
Alon Hochman/Maariv and Sarah Levi contributed to this report.
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