The Supreme Court of Iceland has confirmed the custody verdict over a man in his early twenties who, as a hobby photographer, is suspected of having offered young girls payment for posing naked and then violating against them sexually.
The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
The man is to remain in custody until March 1. In the past days an increasing number of charges have been filed against him, including serious sexual assaults, Morgunblaðið reports.
Apart from these, the Office of the State Prosecutor is handling ten cases that concern the man’s suspected sex offenses and violations of child protection laws. These cases occurred in 2010 and 2011 and in most instances minor girls were involved.
The man is suspected of having mostly contacted his victims, as young as 12 years old, through online communication.
He is said to have offered them to pose naked or demonstrate erotic scenes, encouraged them to undress in front of a webcam and made moves on them sexually through his words and actions.
The District Court concluded that the man’s determination to have sexual encounters with young girls regardless of their age and maturity was clear and that if not kept in custody he would continue with this practice.
In other news, Reykjavík Metropolitan Police will request that a Facebook page where names and mobile phone numbers of 14-yer-old girls have been publishing be closed, ruv.is reports.
The police are also investigating a case reported by Sölvi Tryggvason’s news magazine Málið on Skjár 1 on Tuesday that Icelandic citizens may be using an international online databank of pictures showing sex offenses against children, including Icelandic children.
Ever since the confessions of a pedophile and interviews with his victims were covered on television last month, a number of cases of a similar nature have been reported to police.
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