Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 4.5 years in prison for possessing and distributing pedophilic material that included what prosecutors said was extreme abuse of babies, children and animals, including videos he ordered made according to specific demands to show violent assault of children.
The man’s name was withheld by the court, but he was described as 50 years old and from central Israel. He is an employee of Israel’s defense services, though the court did not specify which branch.
He was arrested in February and reached an agreement with attorneys from the State Prosecutor’s cyber department in June.
He was convicted of consuming and sharing with others pedophilic content including videos that showed the rape and extreme abuse of children, some just a few months old, and the crushing to death of animals, the Justice Ministry said in a statement. The defendant had 900 gigabytes of material in his possession.
In ruling on the man’s sentence, the court found that “the emphasis in the materials was placed on the abuse and severe physical harm to minors and animals and not only on sexual elements.”
Prosecutors told the court that the evidence described in the indictments was among the most extreme found in Israel in the realm of online pedophilia, both in terms of the volume and the nature of the content.
According to court papers, the suspect made contact over the internet with two movie producers in April 2015 and paid them NIS 5,700 ($1,550) to make him a film that would include a woman viciously attacking a young boy, including trampling on him.
“The demand was that it should hurt the boy during filming and that you should be able to see the boy suffer,” according to the indictment.
The suspect remained in contact with the producers until his arrest and commissioned eight additional videos showing sexual violence perpetrated against children.
These videos featured both physical violence against the young children and rape according to the indictment.
After watching the videos, the man complained to the producers that “they were not as extreme as he demanded.”
Nevertheless, he promised to purchase more videos from them and put the producers in touch with other potential customers, according to the indictment.
On two occasions in October 2016, the suspect contacted women online and offered to pay them NIS 1,100 ($300) to sexually abuse a child so that he could watch through the Skype video messaging application.
During the negotiations the man noted that while there was no need to break the ribs of the child, if it happens “he has no problem with it” court paper said.
In both instances, the women said they “would not be able to make a movie in accordance with” his requests.
The suspect also collected videos of animals being dismembered while they were still alive. Some of the videos that he shared over the internet include footage of adult women either naked or half clothed performing sex acts with various animals.
“The punishment must reflect the violation of the supreme value of the protection of the dignity, body, security and soul of minors, and to remove from the public those who pose a risk,” the court said.
“It is our duty as a society to be very careful to reduce the pain and suffering caused to animals, especially when it is one whose cries cannot be heard and one who cannot stand up for his rights or complain about the harm done,” the court declared.