Judges will on Monday announce their verdicts in the Amsterdam daycare sexual abuse case, in which care worker Robert Mikelsons is accused of molesting 67 children.
Mikelsons faces 20 years in jail plus psychiatric prison for an undetermined period. His partner Richard van Olffen faces 12 years in jail for systematically supporting the abuse.
The investigation was triggered by the arrest of a paedophile from near Boston in the US in 2010. According to the Telegraaf, among the thousands of photographs found in his possession was one featuring a very young child and a toy rabbit known as Miffy (Nijntje) which led detectives to think the child could be Dutch.
The photo was shown on a Dutch tv crime show in December 2010 and recognised. Mikelsons was arrested later that evening.
As the case unfolded, the extent of the abuse became clear. Mikelsons worked at two city childcare centres between February 2007 and January 2010 and advertised his services as a babysitter.
Mikelsons, 28, subsequently admitted abusing 87 children, some as young as a few months old. During the trial, most of which was held behind closed doors, the Latvian national told the court: ‘I am sorry I was too cowardly to prevent this happening. It was never my intention to hurt people.’
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