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Former deputy police chief faces sexual harassment charge

Nissim Mor, fired in January, to stand trial pending a hearing

Then-Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino (left) and then Deputy Commissioner Nissim Mor at a ceremony for officers receiving new ranks, at the Police headquarters in Jerusalem, September 22, 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)
Then-Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino (left) and then Deputy Commissioner Nissim Mor at a ceremony for officers receiving new ranks, at the Police headquarters in Jerusalem, September 22, 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)

The Police Investigation Unit at the State Attorney’s Office notified former deputy police commissioner Nissim Mor on Tuesday that he is likely to be charged with sexual harassment, committing an indecent act and deception, and breach of trust. The decision to indict Mor is pending a hearing.

Mor was fired from the police in January after being accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a policewoman, as well as maintaining inappropriate relationships with other female subordinates.

Mor is suspected of having intimate relationships with six young female subordinates, three of whom he allegedly harassed and one with whom he committed an “indecent act” against her will. He is accused of using his authority over the young subordinates to take advantage of them.

A statement released by the Police Investigation Unit said that Mor would use his position and standing to show the women a potential for professional advancement, meanwhile trying to advance his personal interests in getting close to them.

The statement also mentioned that Mor is suspected of sending the women sexually suggestive text messages and trying to convince them to have intimate meetings with him.

Micha Gabai, Mor’s lawyer, told NRG News that his client’s actions were “not in the field of sexual misconduct, and they could at most amount to unethical and immoral behavior.” Gabai added that any relationships Mor may have had were not unlawful.

“I have no doubt that the issue will not reach the courts,” Gabai said.

Israel’s police force has experienced a series of high-profile corruption and sexual harassment scandals over the last two years.

As part of an ongoing investigation, former police superintendent Eran Malka, of the Lahav 433 anti-corruption investigation unit, was convicted in June for involvement in a corruption ring. Deputy Commissioner Hagai Dotan and Beersheba police commander Moshe Ivgi were dismissed from the police force in February amid sexual harassment charges against them.

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