A 20-year-old man from Romerike has been sentenced to nine years in prison by Lower Romerike District Court for 135 rapes on the internet.
The prosecutor wanted him sentenced to eleven years in prison, but the final sentence got reduced by two years.
In addition to the prison sentence, the man must pay restitution of more than two million to the victims, according to the local newspaper Romerike Blad.
The case deals with a total of approximately 30 victims aged 12 to 17 years, and 16 of them experienced what is defined as rape under the penal code.
Lawyer Gard A. Lier, who represented eight of the victims in the case, states that the verdict and restitution amounts are acceptable.
– I hope now the verdict is not appealed, so that the victims will be able to put this behind them. It’s been tough having to appear in court, and through this judgment have victims received their vindication, says Lier to Rome Blad.
The 20-year-old pretended to be to be a young girl for several years on the internet to connect with young boys.
The contact started with the exchange of photos but evolved into a situation where victims sent nude pictures to the now condemned man. He then exploited the boys by getting them to send increasingly explicit images and videos of sexual acts that were done in front of the camera. The man never met his victims.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today