(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Haifa District Court sentenced former Hadera deputy mayor Shmuel “Sami” Levy
to six months of community service on Sunday, following his conviction in a plea
bargain last week for consensual prohibited sex, attempted assault, breach of
trust and abuse of power and fraud.
The court also sentenced Levy, the
former leader of Shas’s Hadera branch, to a further eight months’ probation and
ordered him to pay compensation totaling NIS 25,000 to the three plaintiffs in
Levy was originally indicted in February on charges of rape and
performing an obscene act as well as a string of corruption offenses including
fraud and accepting bribes.
The prosecution charged that Levy had raped
three women who had approached him on matters relating to his office as deputy
However, in a plea bargain struck last week, the charge of rape
was replaced with the lesser charge of consensual prohibited sex.
accepting the lesser charge, the court had noted that no violence had been
In sentencing Levy, Judge Ron Shapira wrote that the former
official had abused his position of public trust and brought disgrace on the
office of deputy mayor.
“Violations of integrity in public service are
crimes that, by their very nature, bring disgrace. This is a case of exploiting
power and exploiting a position that had been entrusted to a deputy by the
public. The official violated the trust that had been placed in him to serve the
public, and used his position of power in a way that harmed the public,” Shapira
“This is a case of exploiting power and position on the one hand,
and exploiting the economic dependence of the victim of the crime by a deputy
public official on the other. The disgracefulness of these acts is clear and
In discussing his acceptance of the plea bargain, Shapira
wrote: “There is no doubt that if it were not for the hearing in the framework
of the plea bargain, the defendant would have deserved a far harsher
Levy will carry out his community service at the Meir Panim
public service institute in Or Akiva.