An Israeli court on Thursday extended the remand of a 40-year-old woman who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having sex with dozens of underage teen boys in Ashkelon.
Police worked to unravel details of the case after as many as 100 or more young teen boys had sex with the woman and shared video clips of their exploits on the Internet. Many of the boys involved, aged 12-14, apparently attended the same high school in Ashkelon and made frequent visits to the woman for sex, sometimes without using protection. There were no indications that the woman accepted payment for the meetings.
Neither the identity of the school nor that of the suspect was revealed.
Aside for the concern over the young age of the woman’s multiple sexual partners, parents were frantic at suggestions she may be carrying HIV.
Police intended to ask the court to order the woman, who was known to welfare authorities, be tested for AIDS as a precaution, Ynet reported. Dozens of children began swarming to local health clinics for AIDS tests in recent days, and more intend to be tested.
The woman’s lawyer, Hofit Edri, said her client is the victim and suffers from mental health issues. Edri added that the panic over AIDS was started by one of the parents of a boy involved in the case, and was unfounded.
“The women has no knowledge that she has AIDS,” Edri said. “She said that she was tested a year ago and found to be negative.”
According to Channel 2, a video showing one of the teens having sex with the woman, filmed on a smartphone and shared on social media, brought the matter to the attention of Israeli authorities.
Police first became aware after being contacted by a representative of the government run anti-social behavior program “City Without Violence” and following a complaint from the father of one of the children who had sex with the woman.
The Education Ministry conducted a day of sexual health classes in the school at the center of the case, as did other schools in the area.