Child sex offender charged in Latvia

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The Ventspils branch of the State Police has completed an investigation into a criminal case against a man for sexual activities directed against five minors for several years, police said April 4. 

In a statement to the media, the police said that it had received information in early 2022 that a resident of Kurzeme had carried out sexual activities against a minor girl.

The investigation has led to evidence of sexual abuse against five underage girls.

The man “was in an environment where minors were around and, through the trust and authority gained, and the state of helplessness of the individuals, as well as knowing that the girls were minors, their breasts and genitalia were touched against the will of the victims”, the police said in a statement.

Some of the girls, because of their age, were unable to perceive and understand the actions against them and were unable to show resistance, while others were aware of the nature of the actions, but did not understand their meaning, the police said.

The investigation has shown evidence that violence against two girls has been targeted almost every day for several years, and violence against other girls has been carried out several times a month and for several months.

The court initially detained the suspect, but later applied a non-custodial security measure.

The man hadn't been on police radar before.

Under the Criminal Law, the harshest punishment for such criminal offenses is deprivation of liberty for up to 20 years.

The State Police urged the public to listen and take action if a child tells someone about similar occurrences.It is important to inform specialists about such cases and it is essential for the child to receive psychological assistance, the police said.

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