IDF officer arrested on suspicion of secretly filming female soldiers

An officer in the Israeli Defense Forces was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of sexual crimes, including the secret filming of female soldiers. A ban on publishing the case was lifted on Wednesday.

Dan Sharoni, a lieutenant colonel at a military driving school at the Bahad 6 base, is suspected of offenses, including invasion of privacy.

Over the course of several years, at various bases where he served, Sharoni allegedly filmed female soldiers using hidden cameras.

At least some of the devices were disguised as mobile phone chargers.

Sharoni has reportedly committed similar crimes against female civilians, Channel 12 reported.

He is also suspected of illegally transferring intimate images of female soldiers under his command to his own cell phone.

On Wednesday, he was arraigned in a special military court in the Kirya military complex in Tel Aviv.

At least 15 women are complaining in the case, and it is likely that many more were involved, Kan Public Broadcaster reported.

IDF military police investigators are investigating the case.

One of the alleged victims wrote in a widely read post on social media, “Sharoni chose to film over 30 girls in secret over five years. I am one of them.”

She said she had seen Sharoni as a father figure, a friend and an effective commander, but “it was all a lie.”

“A month ago, he quarantined me at the base of his room,” she wrote. “When I entered Dan’s room, I came across several chargers that were plugged in. I got a message from him instructing me not to remove any of the chargers. “

“It turned out that everything was connected to cameras – a camera in front of the bed, a camera in the shower, a camera in the bathroom and everywhere else that only a pervert could think of.”

“The cameras filmed me 24/7, took on, bathed, wiped with a towel, slept, directly to my cop,” she said, adding that other women had stories of Sharoni hacking their phones and filming them in their living quarters . .

The case follows two other high-profile incidents involving alleged sexual abuse of female soldiers.

On Wednesday, Gilboa Prison Commander Freddy Ben Shitrit appeared to confirm 2018 reports that female soldiers serving their military service in the prison as guards were “pimped” into Palestinian terrorists.

Last week, an officer in an elite unit of the Navy was charged with three counts of rape of another soldier in a case that upset the service.

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