Modi’in Illit Police have arrested a 20-year-old resident of Bnei Brak suspected of involvement in attacks on several victims, including a sexual assault on a nine-year-old boy.
Police noted that the victim’s father went to his rabbi and asked whether or not he should notify authorities of the alleged abuse. The rabbi told the man to go to police immediately, and he filed the complaint on Tuesday.
The child told police that he was on his way back home from school when he asked a young man to help him cross the street. The boy said the man then asked him to come with him to a nearby building, underneath a synagogue, where he sexually assaulted him.
Police then sent an officer who specializes in dealing with crimes against children to take the child to point out where the incident took place. When they arrived, the child saw the suspect, and pointed him out to police, who arrested him on the spot.
The man reportedly confessed to the allegations, and was taken to a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, where his remand was extended by eight days.
Police in Modi’in Illit are now calling on residents to come forward if they know of additional children the suspect assaulted.