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Asylum seekers evicted after sex arrest
The town of Hollabrunn where the alleged attacker was living. Photo: Herwig Reidlinger/Wikimedia CC

Asylum seekers evicted after sex arrest

The Local · 14 Apr 2016, 16:57

Published: 14 Apr 2016 16:57 GMT+02:00

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The teenager, identified only as Ahmad S. from Afghanistan, is allegedly 16 years old, although police believe he is in his 20s. He is one of around 20 underage refugees who had been given a room in student accommodation belonging to the technical college in Hollabrunn.

After the details of the case emerged, the local mayor Erwin Bernreiter cancelled the contract with the Austrian refugee agency and all of the asylum seekers, apparently from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, have now been forced to move out.

The conservative (ÖVP) politician said: "I have to take into account the worries of people and react in the interests of the majority of the population. In the building where the student accommodation is based there is also a kindergarten and a small child nursery."

He said it had been a tough decision to make, but he had acted in the interests of the parents of those who also shared the building. He added: "I'm not prepared to wait until there was another incident before doing anything. I believe it is a risk with this group of asylum seekers."

He was backed up by local Freedom Party politician Christian Lausch, who said: "Right from the start we warned that something like this could happen."

Police in Lower Austria said that the 13-year-old girl from the Korneuburg area north of the capital Vienna had first had contact with the asylum seeker from Afghanistan on social media at the start of the year.

They had exchanged messages which had become increasingly flirty, and more frequent. Eventually they had agreed to meet in a wooded area where the asylum seeker allegedly pressured the girl into having sex.

A police spokesman said: "The suspect did not use any violence, but he did threaten her and scared her into doing what he wanted."

After allegedly having forced her to have sex, police said that the abuse had then continued with the man forcing her to meet him again to have sex. The police spokesman said: "Over the course of three months the asylum seeker repeatedly sexually abused the schoolgirl."

Her ordeal ended when, on the verge of a nervous breakdown over the situation, she had told her parents what was going on. They had immediately called the police, and the man was arrested. He is currently in investigative custody.

Police said he had been living in student accommodation belonging to the technical college in Hollabrunn where he had used a smartphone to get in contact with the girl. Police said the investigation is continuing. They said they were not giving any extra details to protect the privacy of the victim.

However, the mayor has now decided that the accommodation is not an appropriate place. When the group was evicted, local Green Party politician Denis Thompson organised a demonstration, to which 25 people turned up.

He said: "This whole thing reminds me of the Nazi policy of Sippenhaftung (where family members were made responsible for the crimes of their relatives).

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"Until now there has been absolutely no problem with the other youngsters."

And fellow Green Party politician Peter Loy said that the decision to move the refugees meant that eight local helpers employed to care for the youngsters will also lose their jobs.

And local teacher at the technical college Gilbert Hinterberger added: "This is throwing out the baby with the bathwater."

Story courtesy of Central European News

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