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IDF officer arrested on suspicion of secretly filming female soldiers

Lt. Col. Dan Sharoni allegedly confined subordinate in quarantine, concealed cameras in bathrooms, showers; ‘he filmed me 24/7,’ accuser says

Dan Sharoni, an IDF officer accused of sexual offenses, appears in court in news footage broadcast on November 24, 2021. (Screenshot)
Dan Sharoni, an IDF officer accused of sexual offenses, appears in court in news footage broadcast on November 24, 2021. (Screenshot)

An officer in the Israel Defense Forces was arrested two weeks ago for suspected sexual offenses, including secretly filming female soldiers. A gag order barring publication of the case was lifted on Wednesday.

Dan Sharoni, a lieutenant colonel at a military driving school on the Bahad 6 base, is suspected of offenses including invasion of privacy.

Over the course of several years, on different bases where he served, Sharoni allegedly filmed female soldiers using hidden cameras.

At least some of the devices were disguised as mobile phone chargers.

Sharoni allegedly carried out similar offenses against female civilians, Channel 12 reported.

He is also suspected of illegally transferring intimate photos of female soldiers under his command to his own cell phone.

On Wednesday he was brought before a special military court in the Kirya army complex in Tel Aviv.

At least 15 women are complainants in the case, and it is likely many more were involved, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

IDF military police investigators are handling the case.

One of the alleged victims wrote in a widely-read social media post, “Sharoni chose to film over 30 girls in secret over five years. I’m one of them.”

She said she had viewed Sharoni as a father figure, a friend and an effective commander, but “it was all a lie.”

“A month ago he put me in quarantine on base in his room,” she wrote. “When I went into Dan’s room I came across several chargers connected to outlets. I got a message from him instructing me to not remove any of the chargers.”

“It turned out that everything was connected to cameras — a camera in front of the bed, a camera in the shower, a camera in the bathroom and in all other places that only a pervert could think of.”

“The cameras filmed me 24/7, getting dressed, in the shower, drying with a towel, sleeping, straight to my officer,” she said, adding that other women had stories about Sharoni hacking their phones and filming them in their living quarters.

The case follows two other high-profile incidents of alleged sexual offenses against female soldiers.

On Wednesday, Gilboa Prison commander Freddy Ben Shitrit appeared to confirm reports from 2018 that female soldiers who were doing their military service in the prison as guards were “pimped” to Palestinian terrorists.

Last week, an officer in an elite unit of the navy was charged with three counts of rape against another soldier in a case that roiled the service branch.

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