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University Teacher Sent to Prison for Sexual Violations

A former teacher at Reykjavík University was sentenced to four years in prison at the District Court of Reykjanes yesterday for sexual violations against two of his daughters, his stepdaughter and four of their friends.

The court also ruled that the man, who is in his 50s and has been in custody since April, should pay the girls compensation, ranging from ISK 150,000 (USD 1,900, EUR 1,200) to 2 million (USD 25,000, EUR 16,000). He also has to cover nearly ISK 3 million (USD 38,000, EUR 24,000) in legal costs, Morgunbladid reports.

The ruling states that the man took advantage of the girls’ innocence and the trust his daughters and stepdaughter had in him.

His violations are considered very serious, especially considering how young the girls were—the man harassed one of the girls when she was only ten.

The ruling stated that the man had constantly tried to minimize his responsibility during the court case, claiming that his victims were somehow responsible for his actions.

The court found that the most serious crime was committed against the man’s stepdaughter with whom he first had sex with before she turned 14 (although not complete sexual intercourse). He continued to have sex with her for six years.

The man confessed to having had sex with his stepdaughter two times during that period, but was found guilty for three.

Suspicion arose that something was wrong at the home of the former teacher four years ago.

In 2004, the Reykjavík Child Protection Committee received an anonymous letter describing how the man used to walk around naked in his home, both around his own children and visiting children.

Last winter the Child Protection Committee requested a police investigation into alleged sexual violations against the ten-year-old which then led to the man’s arrest in April.

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