The Jerusalem District Court last week convicted the first Jew to be tried among several defendants accused of sexually abusing children in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Nahlaot neighborhood, an affair police initially called the biggest pedophile case in the state’s history.
The court convicted the Jew Binyamin Satz, who was the first of 18 Jews to be arrested in the case that came to light in August, 2011. Two more Jews are now on trial.
The three District Court judges determined that Satz invited neighborhood children to his home and played games with them that involved inappropriate touching and indecent acts. He also sodomized three of the children with an object.
“This is a complex case involving many dozens of complainants, suspicions and additional suspects awaiting a verdict,” Satz’s attorney Roy Politi said, adding that his client was awaiting the outcome of the trial of the other accused men before considering further steps.