09/03/2009 03:53 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Suspect Nissim Aharon Poses As Rabbi To Rape Women: Israeli Police

A former Israeli security official, Nissim Aharon, stands accused by police of posing as a rabbi in order to sexually assault and defraud women, Haaretz reports.

Police believe that over the course of 15 years, Nissim Aharon would call women in distress and encourage them to seek help by speaking to a well-known rabbi he said he knew in Jerusalem. Aharon would then allegedly call the women a few days later from a different phone number pretending to be the rabbi. According to police, he would invite the women to meet with him, promising that by returning to religious observance and studying with him their personal problems would be solved. It was during these meetings that police suspect Aharon, posing as a "holy man" would sexually assault his victims.

With Aharon's name and game revealed, police hope that many more women will now come forward to tell their own story of being tricked and assaulted, according to Haaretz.

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