Amsterdam sex abuser confesses 84 cases

11th January 2011, Comments 0 comments


Chief suspect Robert Mikelsons has now confessed to 84 cases of child sex abuse in the Amsterdam day care scandal, the Dutch authorities report. All the parents involved have been informed.

At the end of last year Amsterdam city council stated that 64 children had been abused by Mikelsons. Detectives are currently searching Mikelsons’ computers for pictures of children mentioned in his statements. The first matches were found last week, according to the public prosecutor’s office. No information was given as to the number of children featured in the photographs or the seriousness of the abuse.

The police are seeking evidence to corroborate Mikelsons’ statements. The parents have been asked to supply photos of their children at different ages. The digitised photos will be processed by face recognition software. If this proves unsuccessful, the police will view each photo individually. This labour-intensive process will take “a considerable time”, the police say. Possible matches will be discussed only with the parents of the child in question.

The massive child abuse scandal came to light a month ago. Robert Mikelsons, originally from Latvia, is suspected of sexually abusing very young children in his care at day care centres and as a babysitter. Two other men were also arrested, one of them Mikelsons’ partner. The case was uncovered when an infant at one of the centres was identified in child pornography that surfaced in the United States.

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