Police case against Anneli Auer and former boyfriend sent to prosecutors for consideration
Charges unrelated to previous homicide case
Police have completed their criminal investigation against Anneli Auer and her former boyfriend, and have submitted their material to prosecutors for consideration.
According to Satakunta Police, Auer and the Helsinki man are suspected of aggravated sex crimes against children.
The man is also suspected of possession of child pornography. In addition, Auer is suspected of animal cruelty.
Police say that the crimes are believed to have taken place mainly in Turku and Raisio, between 2004 and 2009.
The head of the investigation, Erik Salonsaari, is not giving an estimate on the exact number of criminal acts, nor will he say who the victims of the suspected crimes might have been.
The case has been under investigation for several months, and police have said that the investigation has been exceptionally difficult and demanding. According to Salonsaari, dozens of people have been questioned.
The investigation material includes more than 3,000 pages of text and many hours of audio and video material.
Police say that the suspicions against Auer and her former boyfriend are not linked with the killing of Auer’s husband in Ulvila, in which Auer herself had been convicted and later acquitted on appeal.
Auer had been charged and convicted in the 2006 death of her husband who was killed in their family home in Ulvila.
She was sentenced to life in prison in 2010, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.
The prosecution said that it would appeal the acquittal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, police said that they had come across new evidence of other crimes involving Anneli Auer.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Prosecutors still investigating Anneli Auer despite initial murder acquittal (26.8.2011)
Appeals court releases Anneli Auer pending decision on murder appeal (26.5.2011)
Wife found guilty of killing her husband in long-running Ulvila homicide case (23.6.2010)