Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Case of Ithamar Ben

Case of Ithamar Ben
Karmiel, Israel

Arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with a minor he met through the Internet. 
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  1. Man held over rape of minor he met online (06/22/2004)


Man held over rape of minor he met online 
By David Ratner
Haaretz -  June 22, 2004 (Tamuz 3, 5764)

A 44-year-old Karmiel resident who works in an educational institution has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with a minor he met through the Internet. He was remanded for four days.

The suspect was caught during a routine check of Internet chat sites by detectives looking for pedophiles. They also got a tip-off about the suspect, who pretended to be younger than his true age.

According to Superintendent Aharon Gal-Or, the 15-year-old girl comes from a "normative" home in the Haifa area. Her parents suspected that she had established an irregular type of contact with someone on the Internet but did not report it to the police. 

The man met the girl several times over half a year, police said, and had sex with her. On one occasion, he came to her home and was chased away by her older sister. He also enlisted the aid of an older woman to calm the girl, via a chat room, about having sex with an older man.Under interrogation, the man admitted to having ties with other minors, and police are investigating whether he took advantage of their dependence on him to have sexual relations. Detectives have seized his computer.

Superintendent Harvey Primat confirmed that four detectives in the police northern division regularly scan the Internet for deviants and youth in distress. Three weeks ago, they discovered a boy who threatened suicide. Within an hour, the police had obtained a court order and rushed to the boy's house, he said.



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