An Israeli man has been imprisoned for 10 years for tricking women into sexual acts by claiming his semen was holy and had healing powers.
Nissim Aharon, a former employee at the Israeli defence ministry, was convicted of rape, sodomy, indecent acts and aggravated fraudulent acquisition. Women paid him large sums of money, believing he was a holy rabbi who could heal body and soul.
"Over many years [Aharon] presented himself as a righteous man, as a saint with healing powers, who exploited the naivity of women and teenage girls, while carrying out appalling sexual acts and obtaining large sums of money by fraud," according to the Israeli Justice Ministry. "He would give these people different explanations: among others, that a holy scent comes from him, and that his semen is a holy fluid, which by contact could heal body and soul."
He would also claim that his "holiness" could be passed to those who touched him physically, cleansing their bodies. "His sexual appetite could not be satisfied. There were no means that he would not use in order to exploit women young and old," according to the statement.