(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A 43-year-old Jerusalem man was indicted by the Jerusalem District Court
Wednesday morning on two counts of sodomy and other indecent acts with young
Binyamin Schatz, who lived alone on Hanatziv Street in a haredi
neighborhood of the capital, confessed to police that he had abused children
around his current apartment and in another neighborhood in Jerusalem where he
used to live. He said when his neighbors found out that he was a serial child
molester, they forced him to move to another area of the city or they would
report him to the police.
Child abuse is underreported throughout country
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Schatz was arrested a few days ago by police
investigators after a complaint was filed by a mother whose five-year-old son
had been asking to shower many times a day. The mother found signs of abuse on
her son’s body.
A police search of Schatz’s apartment revealed an album
full of dozens of photos of children taken near his house. During the
investigation, Schatz admitted to abusing other children.
reportedly lure children from the area into his apartment with
After his arrest, other parents came to the police station and
reported more instances of abuse and sodomy with their children.
on Wednesday, however, Schatz proclaimed his innocence and said he “would never
do such things.”
He will remain in custody until his next hearing.