A senior Israel Police officer who sexually harassed two of his subordinates has turned down a controversial promotion to be the force’s representative in the US.
Ilan Mor, a commander of the police’s traffic division, was appointed to the position by Police Commissioner Roni Alscheich early in May.
The Israeli news site Ynet reported that Mor told Alscheich he wished to pass up the appointment due to medical and family reasons.
The police commissioner asked Mor to remain in his current position, the report said.
Mor reached a plea bargain with a police disciplinary board in 2013 for two complaints of sexual harassment by subordinates. He was fined NIS 4,000 ($1,040) fine and given a warning.
The commander was convicted on two counts of harassment, including for attempting to kiss a junior officer against her will in 2012. After reaching the plea deal, he spent a year at a police academy and was later appointed chief of the traffic division.
The past few years have seen a string of sexual misconduct cases involving top police officers, many of whom were forced to retire due to the allegations against them. In all, about half of the Israel Police’s major generals — the highest rank below that of the police commissioner — have been accused of such abuse, and many of them have stepped down.
In December 2015, Alsheich announced that a senior police officer accused of sexual harassment would be reinstated in his position as head of the force’s anti-corruption unit and no disciplinary action would be taken against him.
The commissioner made the decision to reinstall Maj. Gen. Roni Rittman as commander of Lahav 433 “after a broad and thorough discussion, in the framework of which he was presented with recommendations of the disciplinary department of the human resources department and the recommendations of the police legal adviser,” a police statement said.
“There are no real grounds for any administrative or even disciplinary measures, even if the statute of limitations weren’t applicable, and Rittman will therefore remain in his post,” it added.
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