The Tel Aviv District Court yesterday (Wednesday) sentenced Uriah Assis to 12 years in prison, probation and compensation ranging from NIS 2,500 to NIS 15,000 per complainant, after he was convicted according to his confession of numerous sexual offenses and other offenses committed by 48 minors. , Most in the virtual space without physical contact of the defendant and some during a meeting with them.
According to the indictment filed by the cyber department of the State Attorney’s Office, over the course of about four years, the defendant created many false identities for himself in order to contact minors, seduce them to correspond with him and later be photographed for him in full or partial nudity and commit indecent acts, rape and sodomy. The defendant located his victims in the Internet space and through widgets used as social networks WhatsApp and Instagram, and contacted 48 minors aged 13-18, most of them from the ultra-Orthodox-religious sector. In some cases, the defendant contacted the same minors from different account numbers and sometimes contacted the minors’ girlfriends.
In sentencing, the court noted: “Examination of the factual circumstances in our case, shows a recurring and systematic criminal mask, which occurred over a long period of about four years, during which the defendant committed various sexual offenses and other offenses against various victims who are minors, using a similar pattern of action. In some cases, after the defendant contacted the minors using the same method and pattern of action, the defendant led the minors to meet with him in different places and during the physical encounter. With whom he committed offenses …
“The sexual offenses committed by the defendant on the minors violated the values of human dignity and the right to the victims’ autonomy over their body, soul, modesty and privacy. The degree of violation of these protected values is high because of the nature of the offenses Ravin, as well as the fact that they were committed against many victims over a long and continuous period and because of the circumstances associated with their execution … ‘
“The offenses involving the creation, possession and publication of abominable material committed by the defendant violated the protected values of protecting minors from sexual exploitation and harming their dignity, body, soul and privacy as well as the public interest in fighting the exploitation of minors in the pornographic advertising industry …”
The court further noted that: “The defendant located his victims in the internet space and through widgets used as social networks contacted them and contacted them, taking advantage of the ease of use of social networks and the possibility of hiding behind a computer screen within the walls of his home without interruption.”
The court also referred to the Supreme Court’s ruling that committing offenses in the online space constitutes a circumstance for aggravating punishment, in light of the ease with which the defendant reaches the minors and penetrates their pavilion, in order to commit serious sexual offenses while taking minimum risk.
“Most of the victims are minors aged 13-18 who at the time of the offenses, their personal and sexual identity had not yet been formed. “Payment in exchange for photos and videos he begged to be sent to him or in exchange for their consent to have sex with him.
Another aspect of severity lies in the fact that the defendant did not curb his sexual aggression towards the minors when they refused to comply with his demands, but escalated his abusive behavior by threatening the minors and intimidating them. ‘
Advocate Alexandra Kara, from the Cyber Department of the State Attorney’s Office, who handled the case, noted at the end of the hearing: “The court today sentenced the defendant to imprisonment which is commensurate with the seriousness of the offenses for which he was convicted. This is a defendant who over the years has sexually assaulted dozens of minors, most of them from the religious and ultra-Orthodox sector, using many false identities in the online space. The verdict adopts the strict position of the State Attorney’s Office regarding sexually abusers who exploit the characteristics of the online space in order to sexually harm minors. “
The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years in prison, probation and compensation for minors according to the following division: for victims of rape offenses, the compensation will be NIS 15,000 each; For victims of indecent acts, the compensation will be NIS 10,000 each and for the other victims, the defendant will pay compensation in the amount of NIS 2,500 each.