A former teacher from Hadeland in western Oppland County has been handed a lengthy sentence by Norwegian standards: 12 years in a form of special prison custody that can be extended, after he was convicted of sexually assaulting more than 100 girls.
A court in Gjøvik also ordered the 50-year-old man to pay compensation to all the girls and some boys who also were his victims in a case that ranks as one of the largest of its kind in Norway. Compensation amounts ranged fron NOK 15,000-250,000 (USD 1,200-30,000).
He also was forbidden from ever working as a teacher again or having any involvement with organized activities for children or teenagers, for an indefinite period. The court ruled that the man had abused his position as a teacher and leader of youth activities to establish contact with his victims.
The assaults occurred over a period of 10 years. His defense attorney called the sentence “somewhat stricter than we had expected,” but said his client was prepared for a “serious reaction.”
Prosecutors had sought a 13-year jail term, but were satisfied with 12 years under the special custody terms called forvaring. He must serve at least eight years before he’ll be eligible for parole. Inger Marie Støen, an attorney for several victims, called the sentence “a great relief” in a case that had been “terribly difficult” for her clients.