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Man Sent to Prison for Raping Teenage Girls

Anthony Lee Bellere, an Icelandic resident in his 40s, was sentenced to four years in prison in Reykjavík District Court yesterday for raping two girls (14 and 16) and for indecent behavior towards a 12-year-old girl between 2005 and 2006.

Bellere was also found guilty of possession of child pornography in his cell phone, Fréttabladid reports.

The ruling stated that Bellere had contacted the girls through the MSN chat program on the internet and lied about his age and identity; pretending to be a teenager himself. He lured the two older girls to his home where he raped them, one of them once but the other one five times. Bellere harassed the 12-year-old with pornographic messages through MSN and the telephone.

The girls were all mentally unstable and were considered incapable of defending themselves against their harasser, Morgunbladid reports.

María Kristín Gylfadóttir, chairman of the national parents’ association Home and School, said that according to research, teenagers who have a strong social network are usually aware of the danger of encountering pedophiles on the internet and they inform each other about a suspicious person.

“Therefore we have to look towards teenagers who are socially isolated because they use chat programs more often and they appear to be in graver danger. Pedophiles target such individuals,” Gylfadóttir said.

Bellere was ordered to pay his victims ISK 1.8 million (USD 27,000, EUR 19,000) in compensatory damages and an additional ISK 1.6 million (USD 24,000, EUR 17,000) in legal costs. He has a long criminal history and has been given 25 penal sentences since 1983, mostly for embezzlement. He is already in prison for other crimes.

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