Sunday, February 13, 2005

Some older articles on Israeli diplomat Aryeh Scher, wanted by police in Brazil for his connection to child porn ring

4 Comments:

At 7:23 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Also see:
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Scher_Aryeh.html
and
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/schteinberg.html

1)
Brazilian police seeking Israeli vice consul in connection with child pornography
July 4, 2000
Associated Press Newswires

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Police were searching for Israel's vice consul to this city after finding pornographic photographs of minors in his home Tuesday, officials said.

Police searched Arie Scher's penthouse, in Rio's upscale Ipanema district, after pictures of minors posing nude on top of his car and in his apartment turned up in the possession of another man charged with the sexual exploitation of minors, according to police duty officer Icaro Silva.

Police traced the car in the pictures to Scher through the license plate, and Silva said the search confirmed that other pictures were taken in his apartment.

Silva said similar photos were found in Scher's apartment and that he could be charged with inciting minors into prostitution.

The original photos were discovered in the apartment of 40-year-old Hebrew professor Georges Schteinberg, who was arrested after an 17-year-old girl accused him of using her as a pornographic model.

Police obtained a court order to search Scher's penthouse apartment, but the vice consul had already fled by the time they got there, Silva said.

The Israeli Embassy said no one was available to comment on the case.

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UPDATE 1-Israeli linked to child sex leaves Brazil.
July 5, 2000
Reuters News

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) - An Israeli diplomat suspected of hosting child prostitution sessions after police found pictures of nude teenage girls in his apartment has left Brazil on his way home, Israeli officials said Wednesday.

Israel's administration consul to Rio de Janeiro, Arie Scher, flew out of Rio's international airport on Tuesday after the Israeli government recalled the middle-ranking diplomat to investigate whether he was innocent or guilty.

"His (Scher's) departure was through normal procedures. He left like any other official and up to now we haven't received any request for him to remain," said Eitan Surkin, Israel's consul-general to Rio de Janeiro.

"We feel that the case is taking on proportions which are out of the field of reality. Apart from that, we have to remember that everyone is innocent until it is proved to the contrary," he told reporters in Brasilia.

Scher will now be questioned by a special commission in Israel, starting on Thursday, to investigate the allegations.

Following a young girl's testimony, police arrested a Hebrew teacher at his Rio home early on Tuesday where they found pictures of nude girls taken in the diplomat's apartment. In other photos, where everybody was fully dressed, Scher appeared embracing the same girls.

"We confirmed that the pornographic pictures were taken next to the consul's pool and on his deck," said Roberto Costa, a chief investigator for the civil police.

Police said a young girl testified she was filmed and photographed by the teacher, Georges Schteinberg, having sex with Israeli tourists. She also claimed that Scher participated in some of the sessions, without explaining what his role was.

In Schteinberg's home, police said they found 12 videos, Internet messages and 154 pictures, including the shots of naked girls in Scher's apartment.

Rio de Janeiro has the highest rate of child prostitution in Brazil. Workers at hotels and restaurants along world-famous Copacabana beach often offer teenage prostitutes.

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Brazil links Israeli consul to child prostitution.
July 5, 2000
Reuters News

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian police suspect an Israeli diplomat of hosting child prostitution sessions after finding pictures of nude teenage girls taken at his apartment, police said on Wednesday.

Police began a hunt for Israel's administration consul to Rio de Janeiro, Arie Scher, on Tuesday and the Israeli government said it was recalling the middle-ranking diplomat to investigate whether he was innocent or guilty.

Following a young girl's testimony, police arrested a Hebrew teacher at his home early on Tuesday where they found pictures of nude girls taken in the diplomat's apartment. In other photos, where everybody was fully dressed, Scher appeared embracing the same girls.

"We confirmed that the pornographic pictures were taken next to the consul's pool and on his deck," said Roberto Costa, a chief investigator for the civil police. "We are going to charge him with exploiting minors and prostituting them."

Police believe Scher is hiding out in the Israeli Consulate in Rio.

Foreign Minister David Levy told Israel's Army Radio, "I don't know if he is guilty, if he is innocent. The first thing is we need to bring him home and an investigation has to be conducted."

The Israeli Embassy in Brasilia said it would not comment on the case until it had further details.

Police said a young girl testified that she was filmed and photographed by the teacher, Georges Schteinberg, having sex with Israeli tourists. She also claimed that Scher participated in some of the sessions, without explaining what his role was.

In Schteinberg's home, police said they found 12 videos, Internet messages and 154 pictures, including the shots of naked girls in Scher's apartment.

Rio de Janeiro has the highest rate of child prostitution in Brazil. Workers at hotels and restaurants along world-famous Copacabana beach often offer to provide clients with teenage prostitutes.

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Brazilian police looking into Israeli diplomat's involvement in child prostitution

July 5, 2000
Associated Press Newswires

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - An Israeli diplomat sought by police for his alleged involvement in child prostitution ring has returned to Israel, police said Wednesday, but they vowed to continue their investigations.

Icaro Silva, the Rio de Janeiro state police officer in charge of the case, said he hoped to conduct a written interrogation of vice-consul Arie Scher, who he said could be charged with inciting minors into prostitution.

On Tuesday, police said they seized pictures and videotapes of under-aged women at Scher's penthouse apartment in the upscale Ipanema district. Police said the pictures had been posted on the Internet in order to attract sex tourists to Rio.

Police were led to Scher after pictures of minors posing nude on top of his car and in his apartment turned up in the possession of 40-year-old Hebrew professor Georges Schtinberg, who was arrested after a 17-year-old girl accused him of using her as a pornographic model.

Schtinberg has been charged with the sexual exploitation of minors, Silva said.

Police traced a car that appeared in some of the pictures to Scher through the license plate, and Silva said the search confirmed that other pictures were taken in his apartment.

While police were searching his apartment, Scher apparently left the country flying to Israel via Argentina. Federal Police said they let the diplomat leave because they had received no order to arrest him or telling them that he was a crime suspect.

The Israeli Consulate said in a written statement that Scher had been called back to Israel at the order of the Foreign Ministry, which would conduct its own investigation.

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Brazil Israel Child Porn
CP
July 5, 2000
Broadcast News

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian police suspect an Israeli diplomat of hosting child prostitution sessions.

Authorities say they found pictures of nude teenage girls taken at his apartment in Rio de Janeiro.

Following a young girl's testimony, police arrested a Hebrew teacher at his home yesterday where they found pictures of nude girls taken in the diplomat's apartment.

They say a young girl has said she was filmed and photographed by the teacher and had sex with Israeli tourists.

She also claims the diplomat participated in some of the sessions.

Police believe the suspect (Arie Scher) is hiding out in the Israeli Consulate in Rio.

Israel says it's recalling the middle-ranking diplomat to investigate the accusations.

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Foreign Ministry questioning diplomat suspected in child prostitution ring

July 6, 2000
Associated Press Newswires

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Foreign Ministry on Thursday questioned an Israeli diplomat who is suspected of involvement in a child prostitution ring in Brazil.

Vice-Consul Arie Scher was called back from Brazil when the allegations against him first appeared in the Brazilian media, said ministry spokesman Akiva Tor.

Scher is not under arrest in Israel and Israeli police are not involved in the inquiry, the spokesman said. The questioning will likely go on for several days.

Police in Brazil have said they seized pictures and videotapes of under-age women at Scher's penthouse apartment in the upscale Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro. Police said the pictures had been posted on the Internet in order to attract sex tourists to Rio.

Police were led to Scher after pictures of minors posing nude on top of his car and in his apartment turned up in the possession of 40-year-old Hebrew professor Georges Schtinberg, who was arrested after a 17-year-old girl accused him of using her as a pornographic model.

Schtinberg has been charged with the sexual exploitation of minors, police said.

While police were searching his apartment, Scher left the country flying to Israel via Argentina. Federal police in Brazil said they let the diplomat leave because they had received no order to arrest him or telling them that he was a crime suspect.

Israel wants to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in clearing up the matter, Tor said. He would not comment on whether Scher could be extradited to Brazil to stand trial, but noted that the two countries do not have an extradition treaty.

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

7)
News
News in brief
Itim
July 11, 2000
The Jerusalem Post

Diplomat barred from return to Brazil posting

Deputy Consul Aryeh Scher, who has been accused of consorting with minors in Brazil, will not be permitted to return to his diplomatic post there, a Foreign Ministry official said yesterday.

Scher has returned to Israel and is facing a clarification committee, which has heard his version of events.

Amikam Levy, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry Human Resources Department, said in a letter to Scher yesterday that his duties in Brazil have been terminated, and that he is to remain on leave pending completion of the ministry's clarification process. Itim

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Hebrew teacher in Brazil insists he's innocent in child-porn case
By Shirley Nigri
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
New York
July 13, 2000

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 12 (JTA) -- A Hebrew teacher jailed here on charges of engaging in child pornography is maintaining his innocence.

In a jailhouse interview with JTA, George Steinberg said he had no idea that a 17-year-old girl who turned him in was underage. He assumed she was older than 18, he said, because she worked at a night club.

The case sparked a furor in Brazil after an Israeli diplomat, Arie Scher, was also accused of involvement. Scher, who served the Israeli government in China for two years before coming to Rio de Janeiro, was subsequently recalled to the Jewish state, where officials are investigating the matter.

Police searched Steinberg's home last week after the girl -- identified only by the initial M. -- accused Steinberg, 40, of taking a nude photo of her and posting it on an Internet site.

According to reports at the time, Steinberg implicated Scher after police found pornographic videos and more than 100 pictures of young girls in compromising positions at Steinberg's house. The pictures of nude teen-age girls were allegedly taken at Scher's apartment.

During the interview, Steinberg said he never implicated Scher.

"M. did it," he told JTA, adding that Scher, too, is innocent.

"Arie is a good fellow. He was doing a good job as a consul and he asked millions of times" to make sure the photographed girls were not underage.

Steinberg admitted that one of the pictures had been taken at Scher's pool and that another was taken atop the diplomat's car. But he said the subject of the photo had shown him a document proving her age and that she had been photographed with her mother's permission.

Steinberg denied M.'s accusation that he had posted her nude photo on the Internet.

"She saw herself on my computer monitor, but I was not connected to the Internet. I know how to use Internet only to receive e-mail, and M. doesn't know how to open a site."

Steinberg claimed that M.'s accusations were a simple case of revenge.

"She used to come home drunk, and when I sent her away she got angry and wanted the pictures back."

Steinberg said Scher was right to return to Israel rather than face the Brazilian justice system.

"Arie is right not to remain in Brazil," he said. "The way things are conducted here, no one can rely on justice in Brazil. There are people here in prison for two years without having seen a judge."

Steinberg, who said the police had accused him of a crime without having any proof, said, "I just want to get out of prison.

"If it wasn't for the great media exposure, I would be already out," he said. "But the media inflate the case because it involves a diplomat, and they distort my words."

Steinberg said he hopes to be able to return to teaching "because I did nothing bad."

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Israeli diplomat in Brazil suspected of child pornography
By Shirley Nigri
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
New York
July 6, 2000

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (JTA) -- Brazilian police were searching this week for an Israeli diplomat suspected of hosting child prostitution sessions after they found pictures of nude teen-age girls allegedly taken at his apartment.

Israeli officials said they are recalling Arie Scher to investigate the matter.

The search for Scher, 35, who served the Israeli government in China for two years before coming to Rio de Janeiro, came after George Steinberg, a local Hebrew teacher, accused Scher after police said they found pornographic videos and more than 100 pictures of young girls in compromising positions at Steinberg's house Tuesday morning.

Police searched Steinberg's home after a 17-year-old girl said Steinberg, 40, took a photo of her naked and posted it on an Internet site.

Scher fled his house -- instead of relying on diplomatic immunity -- just minutes before police searched his apartment without a warrant.

The single diplomat, who was very popular with the Jewish community, allegedly took his computer with him.

The Jewish community is shocked at the alleged involvement of Steinberg in the incident, which received huge play in the Brazilian media.

Rio de Janeiro is the center of Brazil's child pornography industry.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

10)
News in brief
By Oznur Kayahan.
July 12, 2000
Turkish Daily News

An Israeli diplomat sought by police for his alleged involvement in child prostitution ring has returned to Israel, police said, but the investigation is being continued.

Police said they seized pictures and videotapes of under-aged women at Scher's penthouse apartment in the upscale Ipanema district, and the pictures had been posted on the Internet in order to attract sex tourists to Rio.

Police were led to Scher after pictures of minors posing nude on top of his car and in his apartment turned up in the possession of 40-year-old Hebrew professor Georges Schtinberg, who was arrested after a 17-year-old girl accused him of using her as a pornographic model.

Police traced a car that appeared in some of the pictures to Scher through the license plate, and Silva said the search confirmed that other pictures were taken in his apartment.

While police were searching his apartment, Scher apparently left the country flying to Israel via Argentina. Federal Police said they let the diplomat leave because they had received no order to arrest him or telling them that he was a crime suspect.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

Aryeh Scher should receiving of a very public grazing, but first woojee woojee.

 

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