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Man Handed Seven-Year Sentence for Sex Offenses

Reykjavík District Court sentenced yesterday Karl Vignir Þorsteinsson to seven years in prison for sex offenses against three men suffering from mental disabilities. He is also to pay his victims a total of ISK 2.6 million (USD 22,000, EUR 16,000) in damages and cover legal costs worth ISK 2 million.

districtcourtReykjavík District Court.

The violations are considered to be very serious. Karl Vignir was found guilty of rape and soliciting prostitution. He is said to have abused his victims repeatedly between 1995 and 2012, taken advantage of their disabilities and paid them for sexual favors with money, bus tickets, alcohol or cigarettes, reports.

Karl Vignir was cleared of the fourth charge against him, for sex offenses allegedly committed in 2006-2007, as they had become invalid before the law due to the time that had passed since their occurrence.

In January RÚV’s news magazine Kastjós reported extensively on Karl Vignir’s crimes where a number of his victims spoke up about their experiences. They had been children when the abuse took place and thus couldn’t file charges against him.

Shortly after the story broke Karl Vignir was arrested as more recent crimes surfaced.

In other news, a man who pretended to be a hobby photographer to come in contact with girls online was found guilty by Reykjavík District Court today for sex offences against eight girls, the youngest of whom was 12.

The man was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison. He is also to pay his victims a total of ISK 3.3 million in damages, reports.


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