Convicted serial rapist faces more charges

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A 37-year-old man described by police as “Norway’s most active” rapist has been charged with nine more rapes by women who claim he exploited, doped and assaulted them. The new charges come in addition to the 20 women who reported him to police earlier.

Julio Kopseng, a former dancer who performed on various TV programs in Norway, was convicted in February for nine of the rapes that led to his indictment. He was sentenced to 15 years of a special form of custody in Norway called forvaring that can be extended if he continues to be legally seen as a threat to society. He has appealed, but already had been convicted in April 2013 for two rapes.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported this week that Kopseng now faces more charges from women who, upon learning of his conviction, came forward and reported him to police for assaults they claim occurred during so-called auditions and job interviews. Some of the cases go back to 2001.

newsinenglish.no staff