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A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape related charges after he raped a 15-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl, according to court proceedings in Israel.
Nawaf Atamna, 52, who works as a journalist, was convicted of sexual harassment, making threats, extortion and raping the girl. He was sentenced to six months of community service. The state appealed the extremely light sentence to Israel’s High Court, but a panel of three judges rejected the state's appeal.
The incident began in early 2012 when Atamna made contact with the Haredi girl via a social media website. He told the girl at the time that he was just 25-years-old.
Once he got to know the girl he began to threaten to publish her details online if she did not comply with his demands.
In July 2012, Atamna also began to sexually harass the 15-year-old’s sister. That is when the two sisters along their mother filed a police complaint against the suspect.
After several days, Atamna was arrested and charged.
Six months ago, the Haifa District Court sentenced Atamna to 24 months in prison suspended and six months in prison. He was also sentenced to 3 years probation.
Atamna was ordered to pay the victim 60,000 shekels.
Before reporting to prison his six month sentence was changed to six months community service.