Father confesses to drugging, raping teenage daughter
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Father confesses to drugging, raping teenage daughter

Woman, 23, files complaint for acts committed when she was 15; investigators checking if her friend was also assaulted

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An ultra-Orthodox man is brought to court after being arrested on charges of drugging and raping his daughter, November 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
An ultra-Orthodox man is brought to court after being arrested on charges of drugging and raping his daughter, November 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Police said Wednesday they had arrested a man after his daughter filed a complaint saying he drugged and repeatedly raped her over a two-year period when she was a teenager.

An investigation was launched after the woman, 23, told police earlier in the week that she could no longer remain silent over the assaults, which she says began when she was just 15.

The man, a resident of Beit Shemesh in his fifties, was detained Tuesday and confessed to at least 15 incidents of sexual assault and rape that he remembered.

He allegedly used sleeping pills to drug his daughter before she went to bed and then assaulted her.

The woman told investigators that she would go to sleep and vaguely remember her father coming into the room and committing sex acts against her.

A search of the suspect’s home uncovered over a dozen packages of sleeping pills of the same kind that he allegedly used to drug his daughter by putting them in her food and drink.

The man has another daughter; however, he is currently not thought to have assaulted her. His wife told investigators that she noticed her husband paying special attention to one of their daughters, but claimed to have no knowledge of his crimes, Channel 2 reported.

Police are investigating whether the suspect also sexually assaulted a friend of his daughter’s who would stay over on some occasions.

The suspect was to be brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to be remanded in custody.

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