A 42-year-old man in Oslo who was indicted for raping two girls, ages six and seven, in 2000 has admitted to the assaults as his trial began in Oslo. One of his victims, now in her early 20s, testified that she still has nightmares.
“I think about what happened almost every day and still have nightmares about it,” she testified. The rapes occurred in a forest area behind the Tiurleken School at Romsås on Oslo’s east side.
Police secured DNA evidence right after the assaults but failed to track down the girls’ assailant. Fourteen years later, the man now indicted was stopped by Swedish police while driving his truck in a remote area near the Norwegian border and charged with smuggling 285 liters of liquor, wine and beer that he had bought in Germany. He was later sentenced to three months prison but allowed to serve his jail time at home in Norway.
In connection with his transfer, Norwegian police took a routine DNA sample from him and ran it through the police register. In the summer of last year police received a report that his DNA matched that taken in connection with the rapes of the two girls. When he was re-arrested, police also found nearly 15,000 photos of sexual assaults against children at his home in Romerike.
He would normally face 21 years in prison but he’ll be judged under the law that applied at the time, which was milder. He’s also indicted for assaulting a third girl, age dfour, but he denies that charge.