Asylum center leader charged with sexual assault

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A leader of several asylum centers in Norway has been charged and jailed on suspicion of having sexually assaulted more than a dozen children under the age of 16.

Newspaper Dagbladet reported that police believe the children who’ve been assaulted can include refugee children living at the asylum centers. The man charged denies any criminal liability, according to his defense attorney.

It’s the latest in a string of cases involving Norwegian men who’ve been charged with sexual abuse of children in local day care centers, at schools, in athletic organizations and online. Many of the cases involve international networks of pedophiles in which their victims are poor children living abroad.

Neither the police district investigating the case nor the locations of the asylum centers where the man worked have been identified, to protect the identities of children involved. Dagbladet reported, however, that the defendant had set up several asylum centers around Norway in recent months and that the centers leased to the state have generated several million kroner for his company.

newsinenglish.no staff