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Rape of 7-year-old girl brought to court

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11:58 CEST+02:00
A decade-old case of suspected rape and repeated sexual abuse of a seven year-old girl led to charges being pressed by Luleå district court on Friday.

The abuse reportedly began in the fall of 2002, when the girl was just seven years old, and the suspect had recently turned 15.

The crime occurred in Luleå, in the far north of Sweden.

Ten years after the abuse began, the suspect, today 24 years old, has now been charged with raping the girl, reported local newspapers.

According to prosecutor Anna Bergström, the suspect forced the girl to perform sexual acts by threatening that he was going to kill her mother if she would not comply.

The abuse then occurred repeatedly, from 2002 until 2004, according to the prosecution.

Through continued violence and threats he reportedly forced the girl to perform oral sex.

The crime has been classified as aggravated rape and aggravated sexual abuse.

According to local newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD), the stern classification is because of the girl's youth and the suspect's ruthless threats.

The suspect denies all charges.

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