Police continue investigation of Modi'in Illit rape

Despite the main complainant's claims she made up rape of 5-year-old girl, police say investigation remains ongoing.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
February 7, 2013 18:57
2 minute read.
modiin ilit

modiin ilit 224 88. (photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

An investigation into a child rape allegation in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) town of Modi’in Illit is still under way despite the main complainant having withdrawn her allegations in a television interview on Wednesday.

The kindergarten supervisor who made the complaint to police last week told Channel 2 that she had made up the story, saying, “I blew it out of proportion and made up a story that, in essence, specifically in that place, did not happen.”

With her voice and face obscured, the woman said that she had made the false complaint because the city did not treat rape complaints properly, and that her act was her way of “shocking the system” so the city would begin to look into such cases.

An official with the Judea and Samaria Police told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the interview had had no effect on the investigation, which was still open.

Police were still interviewing community leaders, local residents and religious officials, the official said, but so far had not been able to find the suspect or the five-year-old girl who was allegedly raped in the incident.

The official added that the supervisor was still the key to the entire case, because she was the one who had purportedly treated the girl after the incident and made the initial complaint. She was called in for questioning on Thursday after the Channel 2 interview, but did not appear, sending her attorney to tell police she was not feeling well.


According to the official, police are familiar with the sensitivity of such cases for the haredi community and have taken such issues into consideration.

Once the case went public on Tuesday, media reports presented it as a sort of cover-up, in that the complaint was made to police only about two weeks after the girl first reported it to the educator. Judea and Samaria Police said they had only begun their initial investigation after a reporter asked them about the case.

Also on Thursday, Jerusalem District Police announced the Wednesday arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl from the country’s Center who had been staying in Jerusalem.

Police said the man had been undergoing therapy for the issue, paid for by the haredi community to discourage victims’ families from complaining to police.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD