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Amid outcry, IDF expected to revoke pension of officer accused of sex crimes

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Lt. Col. Dan Sharoni, an IDF officer accused of of secretly filming his female soldiers, at a hearing at a military court in Tel Aviv, December 5, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Lt. Col. Dan Sharoni, an IDF officer accused of of secretly filming his female soldiers, at a hearing at a military court in Tel Aviv, December 5, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi is expected to revoke the army pension from an officer facing 79 counts of sex crimes, the military says.

Lt. Col. Dan Sharoni, who has been indicted for filming dozens of his subordinates while they were nude without their knowledge and collecting sexual images of soldiers and some civilians over the course of at least eight years, has reached a plea deal with military prosecutors.

The arrangement, subject to the approval of a military tribunal, will see Sharoni demoted to the rank of private, and he will pay compensation to the 49 victims, totaling NIS 250,000 ($72,000), the IDF says.

Prosecutors are also demanding he be jailed for a number of years.

On Monday, Ynet reported that Sharoni’s sentencing would be delayed until he is old enough to receive the army’s lucrative pension package.

“The plea deal does not include an agreement regarding the payment of the retirement pension,” the IDF says, adding that Kohavi is likely to deny Sharoni the pension package.

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