ARUTZ SHEVA 7 (http://bit.ly/1aaS2WH) reports that the soldier is also facing possible disciplinary action from the military.
Sources say the soldier posted the offensive picture to his Facebook page along with an accompanying message that compared Yosef to Adolph Hitler.
According to Ashdod police Chief Superintendent, Noam Shekel, his department was contacted within 5 minutes of the posting, after cyber experts traced the offensive post to the account of the Ashdod soldier.
Shekel said police immediately contacted the soldier, who initially refused to delete the post, citing “freedom of expression.”
After continued pressure from authorities, the 19 year-old finally agreed to remove the post.
Police have filed criminal charges against the soldier, saying that the post was an abusive message against Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, of Blessed Memory.
Police praised the quick response of the cyber experts for preventing Yosef’s family and followers from having to view the hateful post, while also announcing that they are stepping up efforts to prevent any similar incidents.