IDF officer arrested for spying on female soldiers dismissed from role

The IDF's decision to dismiss Sharoni of his role comes after he was accused of taking photographs of female soldiers without their knowledge.

 IDF officer Lt.-Col. Dan Sharoni at the IDF military court in the Kirya military headquarters (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
IDF officer Lt.-Col. Dan Sharoni at the IDF military court in the Kirya military headquarters
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

IDF officer Lt.-Col. Dan Sharoni, commander of the 6th District Driving School, was dismissed from his role on Monday.

The IDF's decision to dismiss Sharoni of his role comes after he was accused of taking photographs of female soldiers without their knowledge.

On November 9, he was arrested for committing sexual offenses and invasion of privacy.

The military court at the Kirya, the IDF's military headquarters in Tel Aviv, approved on Monday Military Advocate General (MAG) Maj.-Gen. Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi's request to extend Sharoni's arrest while the MAG gathers evidence for his case.

Testimonies from 36 female soldiers who have been filmed by Sharoni have already been collected, while eight women are still yet to be identified.

   IDF officer Lt.-Col. Dan Sharoni is escorted out of the IDF military court in the Kirya military headquarters (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) IDF officer Lt.-Col. Dan Sharoni is escorted out of the IDF military court in the Kirya military headquarters (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

According to the MAG, Sharoni has been taking photographs of female soldiers since 2010.

One of his alleged victims stated in an Instagram post that Sharoni had set up a network of hidden cameras, including one in his shower, one in the bathroom, and another in front of his bed.

She added that other accounts allege he accessed soldiers' private phones and took photographs of them when they were in their residences.