A young man has confessed to sexually assaulting more than a dozen minors after he was captured by locals south of Beirut, the Internal Security Forces reported in a statement Saturday evening.
A Syrian national identified as H.Sh., born in 2000, was arrested after a resident in Dohat Aramoun told the ISF in a phone call Friday “that some men living in an apartment had captured a delivery man for sexually assaulting M.L., a Syrian child born in 2008,” the statement said.
After receiving the call and based on instructions from judicial authorities, a police unit headed to the area and arrested the suspect.
“During investigations with him he admitted to having sexually assaulted 13 minors including a 15-year-old girl, saying that he himself was sexually assaulted when he was a child in Syria,” the ISF statement read.
H.Sh. was then referred to the ISF’s Anti-Trafficking Unit for further investigations.
The ISF in its statement urged residents and parents in particular to immediately inform police if a case of sexual assault is suspected, because covering it up or remaining silent “will make those continue and repeat their crimes, especially against children.”
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