(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Sunday indicted city resident Tha’er
Kawasmi, 38, on charges of rape and indecent assault on a woman after he posed
as a doctor at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
According to the charge
sheet, the complainant was admitted to the hospital last week after being
lightly injured in a car accident.
While waiting her turn for an
ultrasound examination, Kawasmi allegedly saw the woman and decided to rape her,
according to the indictment.
Overhearing medical staff telling her that
the examination would take place at 3 p.m., Kawasmi – who has been hospitalized
there many times and is familiar with the facilities – told her he was a doctor
and that she should enter a certain room.
The complainant followed him to
the designated chamber, where her sister, who was accompanying her, was informed
by Kawasmi that she could not enter.
Kawasmi instructed her to remove her
skirt and underpants, and sit on the gynecological examining chair, where he
proceeded to forcefully open her legs and penetrate her with his
He then ordered her to stand up, and fondled her buttocks. He
told her to get dressed, and then, upon hearing someone knocking on the door,
fled the room according to the charge.
The prosecution asked that the
defendant remain in custody till the end of the proceedings.