An indictment was filed this morning (Tuesday) against 6 teachers at a Tel Aviv haredi boys school associated with the Belz hassidic sect, on charges of child abuse against 22 of their students.
According to the indictment, the six were educators at the institution, and taught minors aged 3 to 10.
From 2000 to 2011, beginning when the students were 3-4 years old, until they were 10, the 6 men took advantage of their positions of power to enact daily systematic physical and mental abuse against the boys.
In addition, one of the educators was charged with sodomy and indecent acts against the boys during the period that the boys were aged 7 until age 10.
The same man was charged with blackmail, realized threats, and abuse of minors in his custody, in light of the fact that he physically abused his own son for years until his son left the house, and instilled an atmosphere of deep fear among members of his household.
He is also charged with animal abuse after, in 2006, he struck a cat that had wandered into the classroom with an umbrella, then proceeded to push it out of an upper level window in front of the boys, where it fell to its death.
The prosecution has requested that the last suspect remain in custody for the duration of the court proceedings, while the other 5 accused be released under limiting conditions.