Ten years for abusing foster children

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The court in Den Bosch sentenced 42-year-old Rudy V. on Monday to ten years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment.

10 December 2007

DEN BOSCH – The court in Den Bosch sentenced 42-year-old Rudy V. from Bakel on Monday to ten years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment for charges that included the sexual abuse of six underage boys.

Five of the boys were mentally disabled foster children placed in V.'s care by the William Schrikker Group. This was V.'s second trial on the charges: the first verdict in his case was thrown out after it emerged that an unqualified judge had been involved in the ruling.

In the first trial the court had also imposed a 10-year sentence with mandatory psychiatric treatment. The difference this time however is that V. will only have to serve one third of his sentence before starting treatment; the original verdict specified that he would have to serve two-thirds before starting psychiatric treatment.

The Bakel man was not only convicted of raping the boys. He abused five of them, possessed child pornography, and forced some of them to engage in sexual activity with each other. The prosecution had demanded 13 years in prison and psychiatric treatment.

12 foster children were placed with Rudy V., a single man, by the William Schrikker Group since the early 1990s. Seven of the children pressed charges. Two cases were thrown out however for insufficient evidence.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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