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Man gets 15 years in jail for sexual abuse of grandchildren

The Haifa District Court sentenced a 79-year-old man from the north of the country yesterday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing his grandchildren.

During the trial, it was revealed that the man had also molested his adopted daughter from the time she was 12 years old, and that he had sexual intercourse with her. But because of the amount of time that had passed since the abuse of his daughter, he was only convicted of crimes connected to his grandchildren, including sexual assault, attempted rape, indecent assault and abuse of a minor.

The man began to abuse one of the grandchildren when she was 12 years old, even while other relatives were staying at the house. As a result of the abuse, the girl's situation deteriorated and she attempted to commit suicide on more than one occasion. She was eventually admitted to a psychiatric facility.

"The accused recognized his relative's lack of self-confidence, exploited the victim's affection, love and trust in him, and fomented an argument between the victim and her mother," the court ruled. "At the same time, he took care to emphasize that the victim must keep what they had done a secret."

The court also wrote that "the accused was not found to express regret for his actions during the entire course of the trial ... He could have spared his family the deep sadness that followed testifying in court about such sensitive and painful matters. The accused did not take pity [on anyone]. One by one, the family members were forced to go to the stand and testify ... It is impossible to wipe out his acts and their results through forgiveness. On the contrary: The court must give him a strict punishment given the gravity of his actions."

Before the sentence was read, the man asked the court for mercy because of his experiences in a concentration camp during World War II.

"We are not belittling the horrors that the accused experienced during World War II," the court wrote. "However, no proof was provided that connected the accused's having been in a Nazi concentration camp during his adolescence and his terrible acts with his granddaughter. The accused's personal story - however difficult it is - cannot justify such a long litany of abuse, spread out over a number of years, toward his very young grandchildren".

Source: Haaretz-Israel News

 
 

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