A 55-year-old man has been held in custody in Oslo since last summer, charged with raping or otherwise sexually assaulting as many as 15 victims, mostly boys or young men. Meanwhile, in another case, a 44-year-old teacher, coach and scouting leader was on trial this week in the Oslo City Court, where he admitted to having sexual relations with several children under the age of 16.
The two cases involve widespread sexual abuse that has sparked major investigations. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that police managed to keep the case of 55-year-old secret while they questioned as many as 70 persons and gathered evidence against the defendant.
He has a record of sexual assault in Sweden and is accused of luring young people to his apartment at Majorstuen in Oslo, serving them drugged drinks and then carrying out rapes, assaults or taking photos of the youngsters without their knowledge.
The 44-year-old, meanwhile, was a trusted member of the community who assaulted boys at his home and his holiday cabin without thinking they were serious attacks. As many as seven boys are believed to have been his victims between 1999 and 2011, when he was arrested. Half-a-dozen attorneys are representing the boys, now mostly grown, and the 44-year-old faces a long prison term or the form of indefinite custody known as forvaring.