Computer technology keyboard 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters/Catherine Benson)
The Northern District Attorney filed an indictment in the Haifa District Court
on Sunday, charging a Yehud computer technician with a series of sex offenses
against minors and with one count of rape-by-deception.
33, was arrested three weeks ago on suspicion of persuading women to perform
indecent acts with children under 14. The indictment lists five separate charges
against Horowitz, and alleges that he surfed the Internet, including the Israeli
social-networking site Tapuz, to find women with children.
Horowitz presented himself on the websites using a series of aliases and tried
to persuade the complainants to perform indecent acts on minors under the age of
According to one of the charges listed in the indictment, Horowitz
met one of the complainants, a single mother, via Tapuz and talked to her
several times on the telephone during 2011, while her daughter was present.
Horowitz tried to convince the complainant to molest her daughter, the
Last month, Horowitz made a “sex phone call” to the
complainant, the indictment continues, during which he asked to speak to her
daughter. Afterward, Horowitz tried to persuade the complainant to undress her
daughter, the indictment alleges.
The final charge listed on the
indictment accuses Horowitz of rape-by-deception, and alleges that in January
2011 he met another of the complainants on Tapuz and made telephone contact with
her, this time telling her that he was an IAF pilot, that his father was a top
military man and that his brother had been killed in war.
further lied to the complainant by telling her he had lost contact with his
parents and that his partner and newborn son had died in the hospital delivery
room while he was flying, the indictment says.
The indictment charges
that Horowitz presented himself to the woman as a serious person interested in
marrying her and supporting her.
The complainant grew closer to Horowitz,
and as a result he was able to chat with her daughter via Skype; she also
emailed him photographs of herself and her daughter, the indictment
In February 2011, Horowitz visited the complainant’s house and had
intercourse several times with her, acts for which she gave consent only because
of the way he falsely presented himself, the indictment further
Alongside the indictment, the district attorney also filed
requests that Horowitz be remanded in custody throughout the legal proceedings
against him, and for a gag order preventing publication of any details of the
complainants in the case.
Last week, the Haifa Magistrate’s Court ruled
to lift a gag order preventing publication of the defendant’s name and all
details of the case, on the grounds that the public had a right to know this
information and to encourage any other complainants to come forward.