Israeli authorities have further extended the remanding of the 40-year-old high-tech executive from central Israel who was arrested on suspicion of sexually harassing underage girls online.
The unnamed suspect, accused of corresponding with hundreds children ages 10 to 13 over the past four years, confessed during a police interrogation. Dozens of the girls involved have also testified, one claiming that he threatened to harm her if she did not cooperate.
Pedophilic information was uncovered from the computer of the accused, who convinced girls to undress and commit sexual acts online. He is maintaining that he has an illness and needs treatment.
"I don't trust myself. I can repeat the acts," the man, who resides in Israel’s Sharon region, told interrogators.
The suspect, who is a father of three, used false identities online and pretended at times to be a young girl. His identity is unknown to the public, as the court has issued a gag order.
Police were able to locate the man with the assistance of an Interpol unit that specializes in uncovering the locations of pedophiles.
While the suspect’s lawyer lobbied for house arrest, due to his lack of a criminal record and claims that he never met with any of the girls offline, the court has ruled to keep him in custody.
Judge Dana Marshak Maron ruled against house arrest to prevent him from tampering with evidence or the investigation. There are also fears that he will commit suicide, as he already attempted to take his own life once after being arrested.
Danielle Chazen is a regular contributor to Jspace's technology division. Danielle is a freelance reporter and technology event coordinator with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.