Belgian man charged with indecent assault of minor

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The 15-year-old girl from Wales had supposedly lied about her age to the man when they first met online.

5 August 2008

BELGIUM - The Kortrijk judicial authorities have opened a case against a 27-year-old man from Wevelgem for having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old Welsh girl he met on the internet.

It is believed that the Belgian had started chatting on the internet with 15-year-old Nia Witts from Penrhyncoch near Aberystwyth a couple of months ago.

Instead of revealing her true age, Witts is said to have pretended to be of age.

According to police inspectors the chat sessions started off rather innocently but gradually, as the couple fell in love, their conversations took a more sexual turn.

Two weeks ago, the man travelled to Wales to bring his girl friend back home with him. Witts voluntarily left her home in Penrhyncoch on Sunday.

Back in Belgium, they are believed to have had sexual intercourse in the suspect’s parents’ home. As Witts contacted her parents to tell them she was fine on Tuesday, British police managed to trace her whereabouts. Belgian police identified the man on Wednesday.

The police took the couple in for questioning but they were both released afterwards.

Witts has been reunited with her parents and her 27-year-old boyfriend has been charged with indecent assault of a minor.

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