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Four boys aged 13 to 17 were arrested in and around their homes in Bat Yam on Monday, on suspicion of subjecting a 12-year-old girl to repeated gang rape over a period of two years.
Police launched an undercover investigation after the girl sent a letter to her school principal last week detailing the alleged ordeal, in which she asked, “How can I make this stop?” The school contacted social services, which then filed a complaint with police.
Youth officers from Tel Aviv Police’s Ayalon station suspect that the offenses began when the girl was 10 years old. Police believe the sexual offenses were carried out in an array of public places, including near the school the youths attended.
Attorneys representing the suspects said sexual relations had been consensual, and denied that any rape had taken place.
A Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of a 17-year-old
suspect by three days, while three 13-year-olds were released to house
arrest for two weeks.
Hagit Rahmani-Weiss, who represents a 13-year-old suspect, told
reporters on Monday that the girl “had attempted to make friends with a
group of boys who were playing soccer in the neighborhood. She
interfered with their game, offered them candy, and offered to be my
client’s girlfriend. He agreed to her request to kiss him. She
continued to seek his attention, but he refused on most occasions.”
Attorneys for the younger suspects argued that the teens had been 12
years old when the majority of the alleged offenses took place, and
their young age would make it impossible to prosecute them.
The mother of the 17-year-old suspect denied that her son had committed
any offenses, telling reporters that the girl had “set up my son.”