Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Case of Jackie Shoshan

Case of Jackie Shoshan
Talent Scout - Be'er Sheva, Israel

Convicted of 14 indecent acts against a 13 year old boy.

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  1. Talent Scout jailed for abusing boy (03/25/2003)


Talent Scout jailed for abusing boy
By Itim
Haaretz - March 25, 2003

A pedophile was sentenced yesterday to seven-and-a-half years in prison by the Be'er Sheva District Court, which convicted him of 14 indecent acts against a 13-year-old boy.

Jackie Shoshan, 54, who won a reputation in the `70s and `80s as a talent scout for dancers, singers and football players in Be'er Sheva, confessed to 10 of the indecent acts with which he was charged.

Shoshan was charged with seducing the son of his neighbors with candy, small sums of money, and gifts of shoes and socks in May and June, 1999. The boy agreed to accompany Shoshan to various places in their neighborhood where the pedophile carried out the indecent acts, despite the child's objections.

In one case, Shoshan tried to force the boy to have sexual intercourse with him but the boy refused and fled.

After confessing at the beginning of the trial to having committed indecent acts against the boy, Shoshan asked to be treated for pedophilia so that he could be rehabilitated. A psychiatrist who examined him confirmed Shoshan was suffering from pedophilia, but was not mentally ill according to the legal definition, and was therefore fit to stand trial.

The judges, headed by Be'er Sheva District Court President Gilead Giladi, pointed out that Shoshan had many previous convictions for similar offenses against children. "The defendant cannot restrain his urges, and tries to gratify them every chance he gets when he's on the loose," they wrote in the verdict. "The previous penalties he received failed to deter him. He was released from prison in April 1999 and a month later resumed committing the same offenses."

The judges stressed their duty to protect the public from the defendant "as long as he still suffers from his illness."

They wrote that "his previous convictions show that he cannot control himself and is tempted, when free, to repeat the same acts."

The judges took a grim view of the large age difference between the defendant and his victim. They recommended to the Prison Service that Shoshan undergo medical treatment.



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