Soldier to be jailed for 27 months for raping female comrade
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Soldier to be jailed for 27 months for raping female comrade

As part of plea deal, serviceman from IDF's mixed-gender Bardelas combat unit must also pay victim NIS 8,600

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative photo: Soldiers in the mixed gender Cheetah Battalion participate in a squad exercise in southern Israel on November 16, 2015. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Flickr)
Illustrative photo: Soldiers in the mixed gender Cheetah Battalion participate in a squad exercise in southern Israel on November 16, 2015. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Flickr)

An Israel Defense Forces soldier was sentenced by a military court on Tuesday to a 27-month prison term for raping a female soldier who served with him in a mixed-gender combat battalion, the army said.

The soldier, Eliav Hassid, was convicted as part of a plea deal. In addition to the 27-month prison sentence, Hassid received a suspended sentence. He must also pay the victim NIS 8,600 ($2,400) and was demoted from the rank of sergeant to private.

Hassid and the victim served together in a mixed-gender combat unit. However, Hassid was not a combat soldier; he served in the unit’s headquarters.

The rape occurred in late April in the victim’s barracks on the southern Israel base where both served.

Military Police officers arrested Hassid in May, a day after the victim reported that he had raped her multiple times.

Hassid was indicted in June. In court, his attorneys did not deny that the two had sex, but argued that it was consensual.

On Wednesday, a military court convicted Hassid of rape, the army said.

The details of the plea arrangement were presented to and approved by the victim ahead of time.

The case was one of a number of instances of sexual crimes that have come to light in the IDF in recent months.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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