He is said to have pretended to be a 15-year-old girl on the Internet and then asked for shopping vouchers so as not to expose the intimate chats. Overall, the accused is said to have tried to redeem 145 vouchers with a total value of almost 15,000 euros over a period of two years.
If convicted, the ex-politician faces up to ten years in prison. The man is said to have sent his victims pictures of minors from the Internet and in return demanded similar pictures with which he eventually blackmailed the men, according to the indictment. Eleven of his “victims” were already known by name when the case became public in July, and a few others were still being sought.
The cause got rolling in June 2021 when a 55-year-old from the Gmunden district was confronted with a money claim. Shortly after it became known, the accused ex-politician resigned from his political functions and left the party. Those extorted also face legal consequences: following investigations, charges of possession of child pornography have already been brought against them.
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