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Six Charges against Sex Abuser, Another Man Arrested

Six charges of sexual violations against adults have been filed against the man who was taken into custody on Wednesday last week after his confessions of five decades of child abuse were broadcast on national television.

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Björgvin Björgvinsson, chief of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s sex crime department, told that he could not comment on the investigation other than saying that it is extensive.

The man’s attorneys stated last week that he intended to fully cooperate with the police.

In related news, another man, who is a convicted child abuser, was taken into one-week custody last week on suspicion of having sexually abused three children. Videos showing sexual abuse against children were found in his home, reports.

In 1997, the man was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing six girls. Since 2010, authorities have repeatedly been notified about the man being a frequent visitor at a foster home for children in South Iceland.

Bragi Guðbrandsson, director of the Government Agency for Child Protection, said the matter was looked into last year but there were no indications that the man was guilty of violations against children at the foster home.

Bragi stated that the agency does not have the authority to interfere with convicted child abusers but has requested increased authority, “to obtain information on where these persons live […] and to execute some kind of surveillance with known pedophiles.”

Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson announced last week that a bill on legal amendments in that field has been brought forward to parliament.

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