(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
Five teenagers from Tel Aviv sexually assaulted a female classmate during a
period spanning six months in 2008, police said on Thursday, following the
completion of an undercover investigation.
The girl, now 17, was 15 when
the alleged offenses occurred.
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The boys have all been arrested and
released to house arrest, with the exception of one suspect – believed by youth
officers to be the orchestrator – who remains in custody after appearing before
a Tel Aviv Youth Magistrate.
“The offenses were committed in gardens,
bomb shelters, in the suspects’ homes – wherever they could get away with it,” a
police source close to the investigation told The Jerusalem Post
“In addition to severe sexual assault, the suspects also
threatened to harm the victim if she uttered a word to anyone. They are
suspected of extortion through threats.
“It began when one of the
teenagers, a ringleader, sexually assaulted the girl,” the source continued. “He
then brought other friends, and gradually the group expanded to five. They would
take turns exploiting her.” A number of suspects admitted to carrying out the
offenses, while others have denied any involvement, police said.
suspects were indicted on Thursday at the Tel Aviv District Court.
arrests come after a number of similar incidents were uncovered by police in
In March, 13 youths were arrested by police in Tel Aviv on
suspicion of gang-raping a teenage girl over the course of three
In May, four boys aged 13 to 17 were arrested in Bat Yam on
suspicion of subjecting a 12-year-old girl to repeated group rape over two