Monday, December 05, 2005

Finn jailed for 11 years for abusing Thai boys

Reuters World Report
Friday, December 02, 2005 3:28:00 PM


HELSINKI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A Finnish man was jailed for 11 years on
Friday for sexually abusing dozens of boys during trips to Thailand in
what the court called the biggest paedophile case in Finland's history.

Jouko Jaatinen was detained in April on suspicion of molesting at
least 445 Thai boys aged 13 or younger over the last 15 years and
creating massive amounts of pornography.

The 43-year-old was convicted on 42 counts of abuse and related
offences, many involving several children over prolonged periods of
time, according to court documents. Police seized hundreds of video
recordings, photo albums and disks.

"In weighing Jaatinen's punishment, the significant number of acts,
their seriousness and the guilt implicit in them has been taken into
consideration," the district court said in a statement.

Trial judge Hannele Varpila told Reuters she had never heard of a
paedophile trial in Finland involving more victims.

"We are not used to such big cases," she said.

Jaatinen was caught after returning from his 26th trip to Thailand
since 1989, following a tip-off resulting from a Belgian investigation.

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