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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Assault case gets underway

One of Norway’s worst-ever sexual assault cases, involving parents and their children, is underway in a courthouse in Elverum, Hedmark County. One of the adult men involved, the 64-year-old stepfather of two of the children, has pleaded guilty, at least partially.

He was living with one of two 46-year-old women charged in the case, and proceeded to blame her for the sexual assaults against her two children that reportedly went on for several years in the small town of Alvdal, in northern Hedmark County. Her son is now 13 and her daughter 16.

Prosecutors have overwhelming evidence against the five adults charged, after seizing videos and photographs. The 64-year-old man, shown having sex with the daughter in one video, admitted to that assault but also claimed the girl took the initiative. That claim brought a forceful reaction of repugnance from an official working for Norway’s child protective services (Barnevernet).

The 64-year-old is charged with rape and sexual assault against all four children involved in the case, including two neighbour children. The five adults charged include the childrens’ two set of parents and a fifth man, another neighbour. All face lengthy prison terms.

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