(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
The Haifa District Attorney filed an indictment in the Haifa District Court
Friday, charging a 29-year-old Dimona man with counts of indecent assault, rape
(using deception), attempted rape, blackmail by threats, and possession of
obscene publications involving minors.
According to the indictment,
Yitzhak Danino used the Internet to contact girls as young as 13. Allegedly, he
falsely presented himself to the minors as a female soldier and later began to
talk to them about sex, eventually persuading them to perform sex acts while he
made video recordings of them without their knowledge.
Danino used the
Hebrew language social networking site Mekusharim, as well as the oovoo and
Skype chat tools, to conduct real-time text conversations with teenage girls,
the indictment said.
He created fake user profiles on the sites, and also
a fake Facebook account, in which he presented himself as a 18-year-old female
soldier named Rinat from Beersheba.
According to one of the charges on
the indictment, in December Danino posed as “Rinat” to contact one of the
complainants, a 13-year-old girl, on the Mekusharim social networking
Danino began chatting with the complainant, and soon persuaded her
to hold real-time private chats with him on oovoo and Skype, the indictment
Allegedly, on one occasion Danino used video chat to show the
complainant an image of a girl’s body from the face down, wearing only her
underwear, and telling her this was “Rinat.”
Danino is also charged with
rape-by-deception, because he caused the complainant to perform a sex act on
herself, while deceiving her into believing he was a different person.
at least two occasions, the indictment said, Danino instructed the complainant
to undress and perform a sex act on herself. As the complaint did so, Danino
allegedly filmed her without her knowledge, using the video conferencing
Danino is also charged with using threats to blackmail the
complainant, by threatening to publish the images and videos of her on YouTube
and Facebook if she did not comply with his requests to perform the sex acts. In
some cases, the complainant allegedly complied with Danino’s requests because of
A police search of Danino’s personal computer on March 11
found obscene images of minors, including nude photos, the indictment
The district attorney also requested that the court order Danino to
be remanded in custody for the duration of the legal proceedings against him.