Wednesday, May 18

22-year-old sentenced to prison for online abuse of children

The police launched an extensive investigation which revealed that the accused in the period 2017 to 2019 had contacted 13 younger boys from different parts of the country.

He is said to have done this through social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and the online game Minecraft, with a desire to become friends with them.

Eventually, the contact became cross-border in that the accused asked the offended to be sent films and videos with sexualized content, often by tipping them money to get this sent.

In the district court, the man came with an unreserved confession and pleaded guilty to all charges.

He was found guilty of having children under the age of 14 perform acts similar to sexual intercourse with himself, of possessing material that sexualises children, of paying to get persons under the age of 18 to perform acts corresponding to sexual intercourse with oneself, as well as for sexually abusive behavior towards children under 16 years of age.

The man was also convicted of intimidating or harassing behavior, including by threatening to take his own life if he did not get what he wanted.

In addition to the prison sentence, the man has his mobile phones and PCs confiscated. He is also sentenced to loss of the right to use social media and online games to establish contact with children for five years, as well as to pay compensation to five of the offended boys.

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