Sexual assault charges brought against a Norwegian man in his 40s from Trondheim can involve as many as 50 young victims, police announced at a press conference on Thursday. The man has children himself, along with three prior convictions.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the new charges involve purchasing sexual services (illegal in Norway), sexual assault and paying for live transmissions of assault carried out against children in the Philippines.
The defendant has gained contact with children over the Internet and come into physical contact with them. The charges against him also include exaggerated rape. In one online solicitation of a potential victim, he described himself as a “slender Norwegian man” who works in finance, travels and could arrange secret meetings at fine hotels.
“We have questioned 21 children under the age of 16 and some over 16,” prosecutor Marianne Høyer of the Trøndelag Police Districe told reporters. Most of the girls who were victimized are between 13 and 15, but some were as young as 11.
The man has admitted to several of the assaults and been diagnosed as a pedophile. He has a full-time job and children of his own, but currently remains in custody and was ordered held for at least another eight weeks while police continue their investigation.