Skip to main content
Press Release

Israeli National in U.S. on Work VISA Sentenced for Rape

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA Okla. – An Israeli national on a work VISA from Denver was sentenced to more than 4 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse by force and threat in Indian County announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Yakir Yakoz Zofi, 33, to four years and six months followed by five years of supervised release. Judge Starrett further ordered Zofi to pay restitution.

“Zofi is a foreign national who traveled to Bartlesville, while working in another state, and forcibly violated a member of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “I want to thank the victim for having the strength to pursue justice in this case.”  

Zofi had traveled to the victim’s home on November 21, 2021, for a date. On July 8, 2022, Zofi pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and admitted that he held the victim down and forcibly raped her.

Zofi will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. After serving his sentence, Zofi faces deportation and a permanent ban from re-entry to the United States.

The Bartlesville Police Department and the FBI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Jolly and Steven Briden prosecuted the case.


Public Affairs


Updated August 28, 2023

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice