Beno Reinhorn, the 35-year-old handball trainer from Herzliya, a suburb of Tel Aviv, is suspected of having committed sexually-related crimes against 140 young girls in Israel, including girls abroad who were victims, the police claimed Monday.
During a hearing in Rishon Letzion's court about the continued detention of Reinhorn, the police also claimed that he had used social media to hide his identity and to make contact with girls he knew. The court ordered him to hold on Sunday, despite a request from the police to hold on for ten days.
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Reinhorn, who is married to two children, is suspected of using software that conceals his activities and of changing phone numbers that he used to text minors and to hide the origin of the messages.
The software made it difficult for the police to follow Reinhorn, who had followed them for months and who reportedly used a phone number with an American prefix.
Reinhorn has denied the accusations against him and has largely invoked his right to silence. He is employed by the municipality of Herzliya and has been a handball coach for children for many years.
At the Monday hearing, a member of the investigation team in the case, police chief inspector Uri Sadeh, said law enforcement officials were constantly discovering additional victims of Reinhorn, who was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of rape, sodomy, sexual harassment and other indecent acts in addition to fraud. .
Reinhorn would have presented herself in correspondence as a woman of a modeling agency or a producer and is accused of tempting girls to talk to him and later to perform sexual acts on them and to send the girls nude photos. He would also have removed some of his correspondence to keep the police off track.
Judge Shirly Delek-Neveh of Rishon Letzion said that Reinhorn did not cooperate, but added that "the suspicions have been confirmed and strengthened".
As part of an attempt to reach others who may have suffered damage from Reinhorn, Sunday police took the unusual step of revealing the pseudonyms they said he used in his contacts with girls on social media. The police have said that they have thousands of photos, videos & # 39; s and WhatsApp conversations between Reinhorn and female minors.