First verdict of mass sexual offenses made in Finland


The Oulu District Court in northern Finland sentenced a 20-year-old man to four years’ imprisonment on Thursday for aggravated sexual abuse and brutal rape of a minor, local media reported.

The victim was a 13-year-old girl with cognitive and behavioral disorders, according to Finnish national broadcaster Yle.

The offender and the victim had contacted via social media and met for several times.

In addition to the prison sentence, the man of African background was also ordered to pay 22,000 euros (24,691 U.S. dollars) of compensation to the victim for pain, suffering and mental illness.

Eight suspects of foreign background were involved in the case, and accused of abusing the same girl over a period of five months in 2018. Five of them were suspected of aggravated rape, three were suspected of physical assault and four of buying sexual services from a minor.

The case was disclosed by the police in late summer last year. The trial began last month and the eight defendants are to stand trial separately.

The Oulu police reported earlier that they were investigating 29 criminal offenses suspected of serious sexual assault against minors in Oulu. Totaling 30 suspects and 21 victims were involved in the cases. Some of the suspects were Finnish citizens and others with foreign background. Enditem

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