3 arrested in suspected pedophilia ring in Israel

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Posted: Jan 09, 2012 7:51 AM
3 arrested in suspected pedophilia ring in Israel

Israeli police say three men have been arrested in a suspected pedophilia ring thought to have preyed on dozens of Jerusalem children.

Police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby says the ring is suspected of molesting 70 children between the ages of 2 and 7 in their religious Jewish neighborhood.

In all, six men have been arrested, including three on Sunday. Ben-Ruby says it's not clear whether more suspects and children are involved because the investigation is not finished.

Officials familiar with the investigation said parents tried to solve the problem themselves and took months to involve police.

But Yitzhak Kadman, a children's rights advocate, says ultra-Orthodox Jews are slowly beginning to seek authorities' help instead of trying to ignore or whitewash problems inside their cloistered community.