Arrested and confessed to molesting 20 children aged eight to 12 over the past half year.
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1. Jaffa teen confesses to molesting 20 neighborhood children (02/23/2001)
By Heidi J. Gleit
The Jerusalem Post - Friday, February 23, 2001
A Jaffa resident has confessed to sexually molesting 20 children from his school and neighborhood, Yiftah precinct chief Lt.-Cmdr. Menashe Arbiv said yesterday. The Tel Aviv Juvenile Court yesterday remanded the suspect, 15, for five days.
Police arrested the suspect on Wednesday, following an investigation spurred by a complaint from the mother of a victim.
The suspect confessed to molesting 20 children aged eight to 12 over the past half year, Arbiv said. He told investigators he would lure the children to his home or isolated locations, such as bomb shelters, yards, or the beach, by inviting them to play cards or other games and then rape, sodomize, and molest them.
The suspect provided police with great details of the attacks, including the names of victims and locations of the attacks. However, Arbiv emphasized that the investigation is still in its early stages. A psychological evaluation of the suspect has not yet been completed and police have not yet established whether the suspect himself was a victim of sexual abuse. He attended school regularly and was unknown to police prior to the incident.
Police have located nine of the alleged victims so far and are working to locate the other victims.
One child, aged eight, told investigators that the suspect sexually assaulted him on four different occasions. He said the suspect did not use force during the attack, but threatened him afterward when he ordered him not to tell anyone.
The other victims are to be questioned over the next few days by social services experts working in cooperation with the police, as police are not allowed to directly question young children.
Police are working around the clock to solve the case as quickly as possible, Arbiv said.
A spokeswoman from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality said that municipal social services intend to provide appropriate assistance to victims and residents of the area as soon as the situation is clarified.
This is the third case police have uncovered over the past year in the center of the country in which a pedophile was preying on a large number of children in his area.
Aryeh Goldman, 22, of Ramle, was convicted by Tel Aviv District Court last week of sexually assaulting seven children from his neighborhood aged seven to 13. Although Goldman confessed to molesting many more children, the families of a number of the alleged victims refused to allow their children to testify in the case.
Last month police arrested a Bnei Brak resident, 14, who confessed to molesting about 10 six and seven year olds from his neighborhood.
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