Nine teenage boys from Netanya, ages 15 to 18, were arrested Monday on suspicion of committing serious sex offenses involving a 12-year-old girl who they met on the Internet.
Police launched an undercover investigation after the girl had told a teacher about the abuse which has been going on the past several weeks. Investigators were able to trace the suspects through the girl's computer. Five of the nine suspects were released under restrictions.
Police believe that some of the suspects know each other and would meet the girl at various locations. The girl told police that she met the boys on Facebook and that they convinced her to meet them on various instances.
During those encounters, the suspects would force the girl to have sex with them and performed indecent acts on her. The girl told police the teens had sex with her one after the other.
It is suspected that several of the encounters took place in the home of one of the suspects. The suspect denied the allegations claiming he could not have performed the acts as he has a girlfriend.
On Monday, police raided the suspects' homes, arrested them and confiscated their computers. The four who are still in custody will face a remand hearing at the Rishon Lezion Juvenile Court on Tuesday.
Attorney Chen Meiri, who represents one of the suspects, said in response, "My client denies he had sexual relations with the complainant. The girl had seduced the boys to have sex with her through Facebook."