Danish court issues suspended sentence in video sharing case

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A 22-year-old man was given a 10-day suspended jail sentence for sharing a video of two 15-year-olds having sex with seven people.

Tuesday's ruling by a Copenhagen suburban court was the third in a case where 1,004 people, mostly teenagers, face preliminary charges of distributing child pornography after sharing videos and photos via Facebook's Messenger chat-platform.

On Monday, two teenagers were given suspended jail sentences of 30 and 40 days, for respectively sharing the video 12 and 59 times.

All have admitted sharing the video. None of them can be named under court orders.

Hours after the Lyngby City Court's ruling, police in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, said four teenagers — three boys and one girl aged 14-16 — face preliminary charges of distributing child pornography in a similar case. They shared a video of local teenagers — a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy — "in a sexual content." The video was first shared Jan. 11.

Investigator Rene Raffo said more preliminary charges — a step short of formal charges — may come because the video had been shared with "an unknown number of young people." If found guilty, they face fines, jail or they can be banned from working with children for a decade.

In Denmark, the age of consent is 15 but forwarding the material violated Danish law against distributing child pornography.

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