Psychiatrist accused of sexual abuse of patient in Beersheba

A psychiatrist from the Bedouin city of Laqiya in southern Israel was indicted Thursday on charges of rape, sodomy and indecent acts against a patient who sought his help.

The man, Hasan Abu Ghariba, 33, was arrested earlier this month after the young woman in question filed a police report about the incident, which allegedly occurred about a year ago. Abu Ghariba had been working in a Beersheba mental health center until two months ago.

On Sunday, the court accepted a request from the police to reveal Abu Ghariba’s name and photo to encourage other potential victims to come forward.

“We are calling on the public, anyone with information or who has been a victim of this suspect, to approach the Beersheba police,” police said in a statement this week.

The victim told Channel 13 news earlier this week that she was sure Abu Ghariba must have attacked other women.

“This ruined my life, it was a serious injury,” he said in a statement. “I am fighting for other girls, I am sure this is not the first time and that he has done this in the past with other women. It is difficult, but I ask all women who have happened something: do not be afraid, report it, so that it does not harm other women “.

Outside court on Thursday, Abu Ghariba’s father claimed that his son was being framed. “They fabricated this case against you. I raised all my children correctly, ”he told Kan News.

Earlier this month, police arrested Arie Levine, a physician and director of pediatric gastroenterology at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple patients, including raping a minor.

At least 10 women filed complaints about Levine before and after his arrest was made public, and law enforcement officials believe there are many more victims.

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