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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police plans to submit the criminal case of the so-called Imanta paedophile to the court in the nearest future, as confirmed by Chief of State Police Ints Kuzis at the meeting of the Saeima Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee on 10 February.

The police expect the last of the examination results to come in before handing in the case. Kuzis believes the case will be submitted for criminal prosecution soon. This case was one of Latvian State Police’s main priorities last year.

As it is known, Latvian State Police organized large-scale efforts to apprehend the person who had sexually abused multiple children in spring 2014. In total, there were four similar attacks on five little girls in Imanta over the course of January to October.

All crimes had one thing in common – they all took place in apartment houses with elevators. The paedophile had attacked his victims in elevators. Police believe the man tracked his victims by observing them on playgrounds. The paedophile was finally caught in August 2015.

This person was caught by the police for a small theft in a supermarket in spring 2015, but was released shortly after. According to Kuzis, there were no indications that he was the paedophile.

Kuzis confirmed that a DNA sample was taken from that man, but at the time the police had no suspicions that he was in any way related to the sexual crimes in Imanta. Because the small supermarket theft was not a priority case, the examination of that DNA sample lasted several months.

In the second half of summer, however, investigators started to suspect that person was the Imanta paedophile. This was later confirmed by the DNA test results. When asked why it took so long to receive DNA test results and confirm that individual was indeed the culprit, Kuzis said the police receives approximately 500 DNA samples every month, but it is only possible to process five in a single day.

In addition, Kuzis said that in the event of especially serious crimes, DNA tests are carried out as a matter of priority, ahead of less important criminal cases.

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