Monday 6 July, 2020

Norwegian social worker charged with child sex abuse

A Reuters report said the man, whose identity was not released, was accused of abusing up to 15 different refugee children under the age of 16, according to Terje Kaddeberg Skaar, head of the Agder police district's prosecution unit, told Norwegian Faedrelandsvennen, which first reported on the scandal.

“Charges apply to sexual acts against more than ten children,” Skaar added. The Faedrelandsvennen investigation revealed that at least 15 children fell victim to the suspected predator. That number has also been confirmed by VG news.

The issue was raised in January by a school which was attended by one of the victims according to police attorney Ingird Thorsen.

Following a police investigation, it was discovered that many more children had been abused.

Thorsen said the abuse cases are linked to refugee centers or homes which provide refugee services, however police have said the investigation is still ongoing and details of the case can not yet be revealed. 

The man was arrested in mid-February and placed on pre-trial detention for five weeks. 

His computer equipment has also been confiscated by police for investigation.

Police and child care workers are also questioning victims and any witnesses, Thorsen said. 

The victims' lawyer, Anne Rita Meberg, while refusing to comment on the “severity” of abuse told the VG “the children are now cared for in the best possible way.”


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