Pedophile found working at daycare center, arrested

Police determine that no children at the Petah Tikva municipal daycare center were victimized by security guard convicted of sexual abuse.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 12, 2010 10:58
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Rape victim. (photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)

 
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A former prison inmate and convicted pedophile was arrested late Monday after beginning employment as a security guard for a municipal daycare center in Petah Tikva.

The guard, 35, only managed to work two shifts at his new workplace before his new job was deemed inappropriate by a parole case officer from the Prison Service.

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A police investigation determined that no child in the center had been victimized by the convicted pedophile before the discovery of his criminal past.  At the moment, it has yet to be determined how the guard was hired by the private security company, "Reshet Bitahon," that provides guards to the day care center, without running a proper background check.

The man in question was convicted in 2002 of pressuring a young boy to accompany him to a bomb shelter in the South where he enticed him with drugs and pornographic movies and then sexually abused the boy.

According to Israeli law, to employ a person in a position that includes regular contact with children, an employer must receive special verification from the police that the candidate does not have a pre-existing record as a sexual offender.

The suspect will be brought to Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to have his remand set.  Police will also request an expedited indictment for the suspect on the charge of violating his parole.


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