Israeli lured 'minor' for sex

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An Israeli diplomat stationed at the Atlanta consulate was ordered Thursday to leave the country after pleading guilty to computer pornography and child exploitation charges.

Yosef Sagiv Ofri: Israeli consulate employee was ordered to leave the country after pleading guilty to exploitation charges.  Special
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Yosef Sagiv Ofri: Israeli consulate employee was ordered to leave the country after pleading guilty to exploitation charges.

Yosef Sagiv Ofri, 37, was indicted in August on 22 counts of computer pornography and child exploitation.

Between June and August, Mr. Ofri was accused of providing the "victim" with pornographic material and asked the "person he believed to be under the age of 16" to create and provide pornographic material of a minor, according to the indictment.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright said a Columbia County resident independently established contact with Mr. Ofri online, posing as a 15-year-old girl.

"Once she had established communication with a person willing to engage in sexual relations with a minor, she contacted (authorities)," Ms. Wright said.

Mr. Ofri accepted a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, which included pleading guilty to 10 of the 22 counts.

Superior Court Judge Duncan D. Wheale sentenced Mr. Ofri to 10 years' confinement, but the time can be served on probation if Mr. Ofri returns to Israel within 30 days, pays a $5,000 fine, surrenders the computer used during the offenses and does not accept any employment within the U.S.

Mr. Ofri was represented at the sentencing hearing by local attorney Michael Garrett and Bruce Maloy, an attorney for the State of Israel.

Authorities say Mr. Ofri used e-mail and instant messages, along with pornographic photos and narratives, to lure a child to commit sodomy and child molestation.

Mr. Ofri was indicted Aug. 30 and arrested the next day by Columbia County authorities at his north Atlanta home. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center less than a week later after posting a $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110, or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 04/27/07 - 07:10 am
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I bet no one will comment on

I bet no one will comment on this one. Come on hypocrites, where are you?

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m23866 04/27/07 - 07:15 am
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that surely took the icing

that surely took the icing off the cake, for a minor traffic offense you get more time than this person,all he got was a slap on the wrist,wow aint america a great place? just ask danny craig all you have to look at his daughter, she got involved in a nasty accident and got swept under the rug,now dont let you,me or anybody that can barely have money to pay bill do that,man alive you be in that rcci for a loooong time.

Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 04/27/07 - 07:21 am
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What are we supposed to

What are we supposed to comment on? He got caught and convicted then kicked out of the country. I'm suprised he was even tried. Now he can go back home with a record as a pervert.Is it because he is an Israli? Perverts come in all sizes, shapes, colors and religions. What are you waiting for a rash of anti-sematic comments?

Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 04/27/07 - 07:24 am
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Danny Craig's daughter got

Danny Craig's daughter got seriously injured. What do you want him to do? Drag her out of her sick bed and put her on trial? They don't prosocute many times when the person has been severly injured. Give me a break.

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justus4 04/27/07 - 07:40 am
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Another example of the
Unpublished

Another example of the "erosion of justice" and it will be coming to your area soon...Where are the conseratives? Christians anyone..? Americans are asleep and the wheels are coming off.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/27/07 - 07:51 am
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Has no one ever heard of

Has no one ever heard of diplomatic consideration? It's seldom what any citizen wants to hear about, but it exists. This pervert was caught, sentenced, and exiled. Do you think going home to Isreal as a convicted pedophiliac is not punishment? This man has destroyed his life. What difference does it make who pays for his punishment. I think conservatives are just being nice when they don't comment on this story since this man was probably a democrat anyway.

Honden
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Honden 04/27/07 - 08:14 am
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It is also within the realm

It is also within the realm of possibility that this perv will face more charges when he gets to Israel.

fd1962
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fd1962 04/27/07 - 08:31 am
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Maybe a Catholic priest or
Unpublished

Maybe a Catholic priest or two will weigh in.

shepster
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shepster 04/27/07 - 09:49 am
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SOUTHLOST..., What in the

SOUTHLOST..., What in the WORLD are you talking about?

adrian22
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adrian22 04/27/07 - 09:54 am
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Good morning...I agree with

Good morning...I agree with you Shepster. What is he referring to?

shepster
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shepster 04/27/07 - 09:58 am
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Good MORNING adrian! I hope

Good MORNING adrian! I hope you are well today. I'm waiting for SOUTHLOST.., he's my debate buddy. By the way, I wish they would take the picture of this molester of the page.., it's making me ILL. I don't think it's bad he's getting deported.. from what I hear, they have special things in store for him in an Israeli prison.., seems they don't cotton to kiddie-pervs.

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toppergem 04/27/07 - 10:36 am
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A sick mind comes in all

A sick mind comes in all kinds of packages. Shipping him out of the country was the right thing to do. I am sure he wishes he could stay here in...it probably would be a holiday staying in our prions, compared to how he will be treated when he returns home...convicted of being an old, nasty pervert.

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ForHim 04/27/07 - 11:18 am
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Here I am. I am a Christian.

Here I am. I am a Christian. Will I do? My comments are this: This person was given too light of a sentence and bond should have not been set at all in my opinion. I think he should not have been given 30 days. He should have been put in a row boat and told to go back to Israel. And $5000???!!!! What a crock. This makes a statement that this child's life was worth $5000 and a slap on the hand.

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fernblatt 04/27/07 - 11:20 am
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In many cases he *WOULD* be

In many cases he *WOULD* be tried when he is returned back to Israel. All capital crimes are prosecuted. Most likely it's true he would be tried in this case.

This is speculation.

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sassygalady30 04/27/07 - 11:29 am
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he needs to do his time then

he needs to do his time then go back letting him just go back tells him hes a free man n got away with what he did ..put his azz n jail n throw me he key ill show him how we do it in the usa and im sure others would help show him

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sassygalady30 04/27/07 - 11:33 am
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i dont care what race he is

i dont care what race he is but im sure theres children over there so he gets to go home a sicko with other children there of other race but they should be protected as well sending this scum home doesnt solve anything he needs to be behind the walls to get whats coming to him like all the other scums

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ForHim 04/27/07 - 11:33 am
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sassy - I'm kind of on the

sassy - I'm kind of on the fence with that one. On one hand I think he should have to serve the 10 years and on the other hand taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for those ten years and he would be free to stay in the U.S. after the 10 years. I would just as soon have him out of our country. Israel would probably treat him more harshly anyway. He needs harsh punishment.

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lilmace 04/27/07 - 11:55 am
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don1, I am in agreement with

don1, I am in agreement with you. Why should we keep him in prison here? To do so would mean that we pay for his housing, his medical, his dental, his mental health, etc. What is the up side to imprison him in the U.S. when he possibly faces worse conditions in Israel ?

ForHim
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ForHim 04/27/07 - 12:00 pm
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I'm curious as to why some of

I'm curious as to why some of you thought no conservatives would post on this story. And now that I have, what is your response?

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ThePoliteOne 04/27/07 - 12:10 pm
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patriciathomas what are you

patriciathomas what are you talking about when you said "I think conservatives are just being nice when they don't comment on this story since this man was probably a democrat anyway". What does that mean??????? Grow up WILL YA! oh and Be Blessed

fd1962
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fd1962 04/27/07 - 12:17 pm
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The whole premise about
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The whole premise about responding to this is odd. I can't imagine that conservative and liberal opinions would be any other than identical on this issue, unless there would be some difference regarding the mechanics of entrapment used to reel in these fish.

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ForHim 04/27/07 - 12:33 pm
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That's what I thought also.

That's what I thought also. I haven't heard any response from those who thought conservatives would be hypocritical on this issue. I don't know about other people, but I use my own mind to think. My point of view is not necessarily that of a Republican or Democrat. It is MY view and mine alone. I can think with my brain. And it seems to me that anyone with any morals at all would consider this person's actions ... no matter what his nationality, race, gender or whatever ... anything less than perverse and disgusting and totally unacceptable. I am now wondering if those who would question a conservative point of view on this matter would themselves form their own opinions on the basis of their policital affiliation and not on what their brain is thinking. Just because you're a Republican or Democrat doesn't mean that you can't think for yourself and that you would have to have an opinion that would meet your political party's approval.

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shepster 04/27/07 - 12:56 pm
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My view is that of a human

My view is that of a human being and a PARENT. If you tried this with my child you would be praying for the law to protect you because there isn't a place anywhere on EARTH you could hide from ME. All you political ZEALOTS get a life. This is an issue of humanity and decency. Anyone that brings up politics on this issue is sadly twisted.

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michelle_jackson 04/27/07 - 01:24 pm
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Sick....so sick.

Sick....so sick.

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 04/27/07 - 02:09 pm
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Well I imagine Diplomatic

Well I imagine Diplomatic immunity plays into the sentence somewhere since it said he was a Diplomat in Atlanta. So getting any sentence at all, especially expelling him was probably about all we could get. And I am glad he is going back to Israel cause I don't think they try to pamper criminals like we do. They normally go ahead and handle a situation instead of trying to understand why the person did it or wondering how it made them feel. And as far as nationality, religious beliefs, or political beliefs figure into this, everyone should hope for the harshest punishment for criminals. This country has got to take a stand against the criminal element and care more about the victim than any alleged criminal.

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THESOUTHLOST 04/27/07 - 02:40 pm
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Do not give Isreal that much

Do not give Isreal that much credit. There are a lot of cases where they have refused to send criminals back to the U.S. beacuse they felt our laws were too harsh.

All About Me
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All About Me 04/27/07 - 03:17 pm
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When you have aliens in the

When you have aliens in the country and obviouly he wasn't a citizen the most the US can do is deport them back to their country and they can be tried there for their crime. Most intellegent people would know this. As far as Danny Craig he has helped alot of people in Augusta get justice for crimes against them. For those of you who think his daughter should be prosecuted would you think that of any person who is on life support and a vegtable????????? How can you try someone who is brain dead.....

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ForHim 04/27/07 - 03:57 pm
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babyblonde - the judge that

babyblonde - the judge that sentenced him must not have been intelligent or known that the most that could be done was to send him back because he was sentenced to ten years and a $5000 fine. He only gave him the option of going back to Israel instead of serving the sentence. Southlost - what cases would you be referring to where Israel refused to send someone to the US because of our harse laws? I'm not familiar with them.

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iletuknow 04/27/07 - 10:32 pm
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Strange, most Israeli

Strange, most Israeli government people here are just spies or looking for handouts.

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