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The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced a 60-year-old man to nine-and-a-half years
in prison on Sunday for raping and indecently assaulting a boy 10 years
As part of a plea bargain, the defendant, Nachman Nohi, had
previously agreed to plead guilty to multiple counts of indecent assault and one
charge of sodomy under circumstances of rape. However, the plea bargain did not
include any arrangement regarding punishment.
According to the amended
indictment, the assaults took place around a decade ago.
Nohi first met
the complainant, an 11-year-old boy, in a public garden. Nohi had studied Torah
with the boy’s father, the indictment said.
On that first occasion, Nohi
hugged and kissed the boy, then gave him some money for candy. The next day,
Nohi told the child to go into a nearby empty synagogue with him, where he
indecently assaulted him. Nohi told the child not to tell anyone and gave him
candy, the indictment said.
A few days later, Nohi took the boy into a
room in his yeshiva, where he sodomized and raped him.
assaulted the boy twice more, including in his car, the indictment
In the arguments for sentencing, the prosecution said Nohi had
committed serious crimes that took advantage of the complainant’s innocence as
well as his background as a child of a large haredi (ultra-Orthodox) family of
The defense argued that Nohi had expressed remorse and had
not repeated his acts since, and was not the same person today as he was when he
committed the assaults.
In a victim impact statement to the court, the
complainant said he was afraid and could not forget the past. His abuse had
prevented him from developing relationships with women and a career, he said,
and he felt “closed, closed.”
In addition to the nine and a half year
prison sentence, judges Gilad Neuthal, Meir Yifrach and Gilya Ravid ordered Nohi
to pay the complainant NIS 35,000 compensation. Nohi also received a two-year
suspended sentence was ordered to pay an additional fine of NIS 5,000.