Accused of committing indecent acts, including sodomy, on his stepson. According to the charge sheet, the stepfather's acts were committed over a 10-year period that began when the stepson was five years old and that ended in 1987, when he was 15.
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- Still time to try stepson's molester (03/24/1998)
By Galit Lipkis Beck
The Jerusalem Post - March 24, 1998
The statute of limitations cannot be invoked in the case against an unnamed public figure who is accused of committing indecent acts, including sodomy, on his stepson, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled yesterday.
Under the statute of limitations, suspects cannot be prosecuted for offenses committed over 10 years ago. Judges Amnon Strashnov, Ze'ev Hammer, and Shelly Timan said yesterday that in a case in which a minor is abused, the 10 years begin when the victim turns 18.
According to the charge sheet, the stepfather's acts were committed over a 10-year period that began when the stepson, now 26, was five years old and that ended in 1987, when he was 15.
Attorney Shmuel Chang argued that, due to the statute of limitations, legal action could not be taken against his client for the offenses committed before December 1987, more than 10 years before police began investigating the case.
Strashnov said that in this case a "chain of offenses" was committed. The judge said it is not possible to separate between the offenses, which at certain times were committed on a daily basis. Therefore, he said, the statute of limitations would apply from the last time an offense was committed, which was on December 25, 1987.
Strashnov thus ruled that the suspect, whose name is barred from publication, can be brought to trial until the year 2000 - 10 years from the time the stepson reached the age of 18.
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