An Iraqi Refugee Raped A 10-Year-Old Boy In Austria, Claims He Was Having A 'Sexual Emergency'

Aaron Homer

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."
"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."

— nachrichten heute (@nachrichtenheut) January 29, 2016

Support for the refugees has been falling in Europe after the much-publicized spree of violence in Cologne.

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