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Norway Hands Elderly Man Eight-Year Sentence Amid Wave of Pedophilia Cases

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In late November, a massive pedophile ring was exposed in Norway. Recently, a new and unrelated case of child abuse has shaken the Nordic country. An elderly man from the city of Bergen was sentenced to eight years in prison for a series of online sexual assaults against children, perpetrated in Norway and the Philippines.

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The 66-year-old retiree, who reportedly lives off of disability benefits, was found guilty, inter alia, of having sent money to a family in the Philippines in exchange for organizing sex acts between children, some of whom were under the age of 14, and streaming them live on Skype, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reported.

The Bergen District Court found that the man was well aware of his underage victims' and their families' poor economic conditions and exploited their need for money. According to NRK, the man abused 62 children in total, 20 of whom were in the Philippines.

The other 42 victims involved in the case were tricked by the man on various online chat services, where the 66-year-old, according to the indictment, posed as a young teen in order to win his victims' confidence. Subsequently he coerced them into undressing and performing sexual acts in front of a webcam.

In 2013, the offender was sentenced to ten months' imprisonment for being in possession of about 100,000 images and over 700 movies with sexual abuse of children.

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Lawyer Kristin Jensen Undheim, who represented two of his victims, would like to have seen the man sentenced to preventive detention to prevent unwanted reprises, citing fears from their parents.

"It would be an important signal. Previously, the man was incarcerated in a similar case. Then he drops out of prison and violates more children. Who can guarantee that he won't get access to a computer after having served two thirds of his sentence?" Kristin Jensen Undheim asked rhetorically.

Remarkably, this conviction is unrelated to the massive Operation Dark Roomcase, in the course of which Norwegian police filed charges against 51 individuals involved in a major online pedophile ring

In late November, Norwegian Police seized 150 terabytes of data depicting various forms of sexual abuse against children, which was later referred to as the biggest abuse case against children in Norway's history. Politicians, engineers, one kindergarten teacher, a police officer, a lawyer and students were among the accused. To secure thedisclosure, a special task force spent ten months working on the case.

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