Supreme Court toughens punishments for men convicted of child sexual abuse

The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has imposed tougher punishments on three men who preyed on underage girls in online chatrooms.

The men were ruled to have approached the same girl, who was 14–15 years old at the time of the events, independently of each other in online discussion boards with the intention of abusing her sexually. The men arranged meetings with the victim and had sex with her either in their car or at their home, according to the ruling.

Two of the men are from Helsinki and one from Eastern Finland.

The men were also ruled to have engaged in sexually coloured conversations with other 12–15-year-old girls on the Internet. Two of the men had created fake profiles for themselves to conceal their age, gender and other personal details from their victims.

The rulings are expected to establish a precedent for sentencing individuals who have used online discussion boards for child sexual abuse, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

The KKO found all of the men guilty of aggravated child sexual abuse and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from two years and two months to two years and eight months. A court of second instance had previously convicted the men of child sexual abuse and sentenced them to suspended prison terms of less than two years.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva

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