Internet pedophile charged with rape

Avinoam Braverman is suspected of having contacted as many as 1,000 young females over the Internet between 2007 and 2009.

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Avinoam Braverman, a 33-year-old Tel Aviv man, was charged with rape, attempted rape, sodomizing minors, indecent acts, sexual harassment and possessing and distributing pedophilic materials in the Tel Aviv District Court Wednesday.
The indictment presented to the court referred specifically to four girls, though Braverman is suspected of having contacted as many as 1,000 young females over the Internet between 2007 and 2009.
Braverman, who once served in a specialized IDF computer unit, allegedly targeted girls aged eight to 15 in recent years, luring them into text-based and video communications, in which he exposed himself, masturbated in front of them and lured at least three of them into having sex with him.
The pedophile would convince the girls to let him visit after they came home from school, and before their parents returned from work, police said when he was arrested last week. He allegedly calculated with cold precision the time he had to have sex with the girls.
Some of the virtual relationships allegedly went on for months, until the youngsters agreed to meet with him.
On-line, Braverman allegedly exploited everyday Web technology to satisfy his pedophilic urges. According to police, Braverman would spend months and years building up virtual relationships.