Police in Bergen have arrested an 18-year-old Norwegian male in connection with a sexual assault on a six-year-old girl as she walked home from school last week. Parents in the area expressed relief, but the young man claims he had nothing to do with the assault.
He faced a custody hearing Friday afternoon, with police asking that he be held in remand while they continued their investigation. Neither police nor the man’s newly appointed defense attorney, Kaj Wigum, were willing to comment further Friday morning on what led to his arrest. Police had earlier reported that they had retrieved DNA from the girl’s assailant.
The assault reportedly occurred while the first-grader was walking home from Flaktveit School near Hjortlandsveien in the Åsane district of Bergen on Tuesday afternoon August 19. State broadcaster NRK reported that police have gathered electronic data from the area and called for witnesses.
The assailant was reported to be a man with two dogs on a leash. Both the principal of the school, Einar Skintveit, and parents said they were relieved there’d been an arrest in the case. “We’ve been very worried,” Diana Olseth, who has a son at the school, told NRK. “Therefore it’s a relief that someone has been arrested now. But he hasn’t been convicted, so no one can be sure.”