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RS worker accused of 42 sexual crimes partially admits his guilt

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 2 October, Riga City Vidzeme District Court continued viewing the case against an employee of Rīgas satiksme, who is accused of 42 sexual crimes against 20 little girls, behind closed doors.

Prior to the beginning of the court hearing, prosecutor Agris Skradailis told journalists in a short commentary that the court process is carried out along with inspection of proof. This means that the accused does not admit his guilt to some extent.

Because the process is held behind closed doors, the prosecutor refused to say what exactly the accused refuses to admit. Skradailis also refused to say whether or not the accused had shared pornographic materials with other people.

The prosecutor has confirmed that a psychological examination of the accused has been carried out. Results of this examination state the man can be held accountable for his actions.

The accused is defended by former judge of Riga Regional court turned lawyer – Rihards Hlevickis. He refused to provide any comments to the press.

Today the court carried out an interrogation of the accused. The case will be viewed again on 19 October.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the accused person remained active from 2009 until 2013. He used the Interned and publicly available social networks to communicate with under-aged girls, using information from their friends’ profile to gain access. In conversations with his victims, the accused steered topics toward sexual themes, invited girls to pose naked in front of their web-cameras and actively encouraged trying sexual actions in private.

The culprit did convince multiple victims to meet with him. During ‘meetings’ the criminal performed acts of sexual character with his victims. In total, 20 girls have been identified as his victims. At the moment of the crime, all of them were below the legal age. The man is accused of a total of 42 crimes of sexual character.

This is the second paedophilia scandal to have struck RS. In May 2015, another man was arrested by police for spreading pornographic images, including those of children. And he worked at Rīgas satiksme, according to information from LETA.

State Police representative Toms Sadovskis has confirmed that prior to his arrest, the man was employed. Sadovskis did not clarify in which field, however.

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