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  2/8/2013, Shevat 28, 5773

Sexual Abuse Story May Have Been Fake


Crime reporter Hadas Shtaif of Galei Tzahal Radio said she has received dozens of abusive messages and threats in the last few days, following her uncovering of a story about a five-year-old girl who has been harassed in Modi'in Ilit. Some media reports claimed that city leaders were protecting the suspect and preventing the police from investigating. Steif said she has also received messages of support from residents of Modi'in Ilit, Bnei Brak and El'ad.

Shtaif posted a message on her Facebook page, Thursday, calling on readers to send her criminal items. She said she would pass them on to police without naming names.

A kindergarten administrator initially filed a police report claiming that a 5-year-old girl had been abused two weeks ago. Earlier this week the story broke in the media. On Thursday it was reported that the accuser recanted stating that she had made the story up in order to get attention. The accusor gave an interview to Channel 2 TV with voice distortion and facial blurring for privacy protection.

No rape suspect nor rape victim has been discovered by police. No hospital records have indicated any 5-year-old female abuse or rape victim was treated, despite thorough police research. The investigation is continuing. The accusor could now potentially face criminal charges for filing a false police report.