'Internet pedophile' appears in court

Hi-tech executive, father of three, allegedly pretended to be young girl, entered chat rooms to obtain nude photos.

May 28, 2012 18:03
Israeli courtroom

Israeli courtroom 260 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A father of three from central Israel suspected sexually harassing hundreds of children aged 10 to 13 on the internet appeared at the Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court on Monday for a second remand hearing.

The suspect, a senior hi-tech executive, allegedly pretended to be a young girl and entered social chat rooms to obtain nude photos of young girls, police suspect.

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The court extended his custody by ten days. During the hearing, the police representative to court said detectives have made contact with dozens of girls the man allegedly contacted.

The representative added that the threatened one girl, saying he would hurt her if she did not cooperate with him. Photographs from the man's computer were shown to the court as evidence.

The man's defense attorney said his client never met with the girls, did not call them, and did not identify himself. The attorney's request for the suspect to be released to house arrest was rejected.

A media ban preventing the naming of the suspect was upheld by the court.

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