The suspect in an increasing number of sex offences investigated in Finland is under the age of 18. Last year, the suspect in 61 investigations into alleged cases of rape or coercion into sexual intercourse was 15—17 years old. In 16 such investigations, the suspect was under the age of 15, indicates information obtained by Helsingin Sanomat from the Police College of Finland.
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More rape suspects are teenagers
Investigations into rapes allegedly committed by adolescent offenders have increased relatively steadily since 2000, when the suspect in 24 rape investigations was 15—17 years old and in 8 investigations under the age of 15.