“Several times a week for several months”: 17 teenagers accused of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl

“Several times a week for several months”: 17 teenagers accused of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl

The suspects were interviewed this Thursday, February 29. dpa – Hendrik Schmidt

In Vienna, Austria, nearly 17 teenagers were accused of having sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl, the police reported this Friday, March 1, 2024. They are accused of various sexual offenses and production of images of sexual assault on minors.

The facts date back to the period "between February and June 2023" and allegedly occurred in a disadvantaged neighborhood in the south of Vienna, notably "in stairs, toilets, a garage, at the hotel or at the home of the perpetrators", reports a police official.

The suspects are almost all known to the police

The seventeen suspects are suspected of having sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl "several times a week for several months", while filming or photographing their actions, according to the police relayed by 7sur7.be.

Most of them are minors, of Syrian, Turkish, Italian, Bulgarian and Serbian origin and almost all of them known to the police. Two of them are under the age of 14 and are therefore not criminally responsible. 

They are accused of several sexual offenses and of producing images of sexual assault on a minor. They allegedly shared videos of their actions on social media. One of them even threatened the young girl with publishing the images if she refused him. But according to the police, nothing was broadcast on the networks.

The victim placed under protection

This Thursday, February 29, thirteen of them were heard and partially denied the facts. As reported by 7sur7.be, the victim met the suspects through one of the men with whom she had exchanged caresses. She then came into contact with the other boys.

The investigation will be transferred to the prosecution. The young girl was placed under protection. This type of case is very rare in Austria, a country where the crime rate is low.

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