A Norwegian man in his 40s has been arrested and charged with sexual assaults against 263 children in the Romerike region northeast of Oslo. It’s the second huge assault case in the area in recent months, and involves some of the same children aged nine to 16.
The defendant has admitted guilt in the case that involves online assaults on children with whom he established contact via chat programs. State broadcaster NRK reported that around 220 of the victims are Norwegian and spread around the country, while the rest are located in other Nordic countries.
“The boys were led to believe they were chatting with a girl who was a year or two older than they were,” said attorney Anette Holt Tønsberg, who’s coordinating representation of the various victims. Instead, the man in his 40s duped them into sexually compromising situations.
“He’s relieved to have been arrested,” his defense attorney told NRK. “He has asked to receive help while in prison.”