An Iraqi refugee living in Austria raped a 10-year-old boy at a Vienna swimming pool, saying he committed his crime because of a “sexual emergency,’ The Independent is reporting.
Austrian police say that on December 2, the 10-year-old boy was swimming at Theresienbad pool, a popular complex of indoor and outdoor pools in the Austrian capital.
The boy told a lifeguard about what had happened. The lifeguard called the police, who showed up and arrested the man at the scene.
According to local newspaper Kronen Zeitung, the assailant confessed his crimes under police interrogation.
The rapist has been identified as a 20-year-old refugee from Iraq, who has been working as a cab driver in Vienna ever since he arrived there last September, having traveled through the Balkans, according to The Telegraph. The refugee claimed to have had a wife and child back in Iraq.
He also proffered up a rather unusual justification for raping the small boy: he said that he had not had sex in several months, and raped the boy because of a “sexual emergency.” He also said that his wife back in Iraq was constantly sick after giving birth to their daughter.
Still, the man admitted that what he did was wrong, and said he didn’t mean to “scar the boy.” When asked if having sex with small boys was legal in Iraq, the man responded, “Such a thing is not legal in any country in the world.”
Although the alleged rape happened back in December, Vienna police did not publicize the crime at the time, for a variety of reasons: most importantly, to protect the young victim, according to police spokesperson Thomas Keiblinger.
“For sexual offenses, we will consider whether the circumstances of the case justify publicizing it.”
Keiblinger also insisted that the police didn’t keep the rape quiet because the alleged assailant was a refugee, contrary to rumors.
“The notion that we tried to conceal the rape in order to avoid firing up the public against refugees played no role in our decision not to publicize it.”
Still, police in Austria – as well as Germany and Denmark – have found themselves dealing with a rash of sex crimes committed by recent refugees from Iraq, Syria, and other Islamist nations. Elsewhere in Austria, for example, several Salzburg schoolgirls reported being groped and punched by male schoolmates who were Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, according to this Inquisitr report. In Denmark, refugees living in a local asylum center have been harassing women going to local dance clubs, to the point where club owners have banned anyone who doesn’t speak German, Danish or English from entering. And perhaps most famously, gangs of Muslim immigrants sexually assaulted dozens of women during a spree of sexual violence on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany.
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However, police have been “sensitive” when it comes to criminal cases involving refugees, because they have “been through a lot.”
Support for the refugees has been falling in Europe after the much-publicized spree of violence in Cologne.
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