Teen soccer player for top team arrested over alleged sex crimes against girl, 13

Another 17-year-old also arrested, several more detained; suspects and victim study at same residential educational institution

Illustrative: A policeman holds handcuffs. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Illustrative: A policeman holds handcuffs. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

A 17-year-old soccer player for one of Israel’s top-ranked teams was arrested Sunday over alleged sex crimes against a 13-year-old girl, said to have been committed along with other teenage boys.

Another 17-year-old was also arrested in the case, Israel Police said.

Several other teens, suspected of involvement in the incident, were also detained for questioning.

A “sensitive” investigation was opened last week immediately after a complaint was filed at a station in the central city of Rehovot, according to the police statement.

Police said that depending on developments in the investigation, they will decide whether to bring one or both of the arrested teens to a remand hearing on Monday.

The 17-year-old, who in the past played for Israel’s national youth squad, studies at the same residential educational institution as the rest of the suspects and the victim.

The identities of all those involved are barred from publication.

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, who also chairs a new ministerial committee on gender equality, announced Sunday the allocation of NIS 155 million (approximately $50 million) for a national plan to combat violence against women.

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