Ynet News reports that Shimon Ezra Sander (36), a former teacher from Bet Shemesh, was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison, 10 months’ probation and a total of 140,000 shekel in fines after he was convicted of sexually abusing three children aged 5-6.
According to the indictment, Sander abused the children from 2006-2008 while he was a “melamed” – with some of the abuse taking place during class.
Sander began abusing one of the boys when he was five. He would call the student up to the front of the class under the pretext of straightening out his tzitzit but would really molest him.
He committed sever abuse against a second victim in the bathroom and molested a third boy after saying he needed to help him fix his pants.
The mother of one of the victims said that Sender “murdered her son’s soul.” The boy, who was carefree and happy before the abuse, suddenly became angry and lost confidence in himself and others. He now suffers from PTSD and has attempted suicide.
Sander’s lawyer attempted to block the publication of his name but the judge allowed it.