Man receives custodial sentence for sexual abuse of 18 young girls
A middle-aged man from Loviisa, who preyed on underage girls in online chatrooms, was handed a custodial sentence by the Helsinki District Court on Wednesday.
The man received an unsuspended prison sentence of three and a half years for numerous sex crimes towards children.
The man was convicted, among other things, of ten cases of sexual abuse of a child, possession and distribution of child pornography, and numerous successful and unsuccessful attempts to purchase sex from a young individual.
The crimes were committed between 2005 and 2011.
The total number of the man’s victims was 18. The victims were between 12 and 17 years of age.
According to the public announcement by the Court, the man had queried in online chatrooms about the girls’ sexual experiences and requested nude photographs of them.
Some of the crimes were realised by using a webcam. Some of his victims the man met in real life. Hundreds of photographs of underage individuals were found in the man’s possession.
Ilkka Sakari Kuronen, 56, was also ordered to pay his victims a total of around EUR 30,000 in damages.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Online harassment of underage individuals has become an everyday phenomenon (13.3.2012)
Online harassment of children and young adults more widespread than believed (14.9.2011)
A police officer who types and surfs for a living (27.3.2012)