Man jailed after blackmailing underage girls for sex

A 21-year-old man who blackmailed underage Muslim girls into having sex with him and handing over cash and valuables has been sentenced to three years in prison by a court in Vienna.

Man jailed after blackmailing underage girls for sex
Vienna regional court. File photo: Flickr/Sebastian Baryli

He persuaded three girls, one aged 13 and two aged 14, to have sex with him and filmed it without their knowledge. He then showed them the videos and threatened to send them to their families if they didn’t perform further sex acts and give him money.

He even demanded that one of the 14-year-olds persuade her friend to sleep with him, which he also filmed.

He told the judge that the girls had slept with him of their own free will and had voluntarily given him €8,000 and jewellery worth €5,400.

Judge Beate Matschnig said that she didn’t believe a word of his defence and told the court that he targeted “young, exclusively Muslim girls on Facebook because he knew they would have a higher sense of shame and could be more easily blackmailed after being talked into having sex.”   

He threatened one of the girls that he would tell her devoutly religious father that she was not a virgin and persuaded the terrified 14-year-old to steal her mother’s entire savings. Another girl handed over her family’s jewellery to him, after he threatened to tell them of their secret relationship.

The 21-year-old worked in a supermarket and blackmailed the girls because he was saving up for a BMW. He has previous convictions for assault and blackmail and has served an 18 month conditional sentence.

The girls gave their testimony before a closed court with no media present, in order to protect their privacy.

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What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

It’s always good to know your legal rights when living as a foreigner in Austria - including if you get in trouble with the police.

What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

Getting arrested is probably not high up on a list of must-dos for international residents in Austria, but it’s not a bad idea to know what would happen if you did.

In a nutshell, the process in Austria is similar to most other countries in that you have to be suspected of committing a crime to be arrested.

But what happens next? What are your rights? And how long can someone be held in custody?

Here’s what you need to know.

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When can someone be arrested in Austria?

If someone is suspected of being a criminal, they can be arrested by the police and taken to a police station for questioning. 

Under the Austrian Code of Criminal Procedure, suspects must be informed of their rights as soon as possible, or at the very least before being interrogated by the police.

They also have a right to remain silent or to make a statement, as well as consult a lawyer.

According to Vienna-based attorney Evert Vastenburg, the initial detainment after arrest can last up to 48 hours while a judge decides whether a person should remain in custody or not.

A suspect can then be released on bail or under certain conditions, such as handing over a passport to police.

However, those suspected of serious crimes that typically lead to a prison sentence of 10 years or more (if found guilty) are almost always remanded in custody.

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When is someone remanded in custody?

To be refused bail and remanded in custody, there must be serious suspicion that another crime could be committed. 

The judge also must believe there is no other way to deal with the suspect. For example, he/she needs to be readily available to the authorities for questioning.

Another valid reason to keep someone in custody past the initial 48 hours is the risk of someone absconding. In fact, Vastenburg says a flight risk is often assumed with people that do not live and work in Austria.

Other reasons to deny a suspect release are a risk that evidence will be destroyed, witnesses will be contacted, or there is a possibility that further crimes will be committed.

What happens if bail is denied?

If bail is denied and a person must be held in custody for more than 48 hours, they have to be legally represented by a lawyer.

If a suspect can’t afford to hire a lawyer, they will be appointed a Verfahrenshilfe (public defender) by the state.

The case will be then reviewed by a judge on a regular basis to decide if custody should continue.

The first review will take place after 14 days, then at one month and every two months, but a suspect can petition for release at any time.

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How many foreigners are in Austrian prisons?

According to data from the Austrian Judiciary, the number of foreigners in Austrian jails as of June 1st 2022 was 4,332 – almost 50 percent of all prisoners.

In relation to the statistics, the Austrian Judiciary states: “The high proportion of foreigners is one of many challenges for the Austrian penal system. 

“In particular, with regard to successful rehabilitation, the fastest possible transfer to the countries of origin is encouraged.

The most common nationality of foreign prisoners in Austria is Romanian, followed by people from the former Yugoslavian states, Hungary, Nigeria and Turkey.