A series of sexual offenses against underage boys investigated by the Helsinki police continues to swell.
Investigating director Jutta Antikainen informs Ilta-Sanomat that the police have so far registered 40 separate criminal reports in the case.
The crimes under investigation include several aggravated and basic forms of sexual exploitation of a child, as well as several purchases of sexual services from a young person.
The criminal investigation was first reported in August.
At the time, IS said that the suspect was Tuomo Olavi Välikangas, born in 1973, who already has two prison sentences for sexual offenses against minor boys.
The IS will exceptionally publish the man’s name already in the pre-trial phase because of this heavy criminal history.
This time, the intermediate fabric is suspected of having started preying on underage boys already during his imprisonment.
The director of investigation has previously confirmed the matter to Yle.
Data from the District Court's Department of Coercive Measures also show that a new series of crimes is suspected to have already begun in May 2018 and to continue until 2020.
Välikangas was imprisoned in the Helsinki District Court at the end of July, and he has been in pre-trial detention since then.
Man sentenced for sexual crimes for the first time in 2006. At that time, the Helsinki District Court sentenced him to three and a half years in prison for just under 30 to the crime.
He was released on parole in April 2008 and started a second series of sexual offenses in March 2009. He was not caught until 2012, and that time resulted in a 10-year prison sentence for more than 60 offenses.
This judgment would have remained on the Intermediate until 2022.
Because he had a previous conviction in his background, he must have served at least two-thirds of his 10-year sentence, that is, about six and a half years before any parole.
Ilta-Sanomat does not know whether Välikangas has been placed in supervised probation, for example.
Supervised probation could begin no earlier than six months before parole.
The man’s practice in previous crimes has been to meet young boys online, and then seek physical contact with them.
He has had dozens of victims all over the country from the Helsinki metropolitan area to Lapland.
He has not necessarily performed for young people under his own name, but has said that he is, for example, “Tuomas” or “Antti”.
In addition, he has sought to keep his victims quiet by giving them money or promising gifts of goods.
He had been dealing with some of his victims for years, others for only a few days.
Investigating such crimes is very challenging, as due to the sensitivity of the acts, victims do not always always report them to the police or other authorities.
Children and young people can also hide the matter from their parents.
On previous occasions, the police applied for telemonitoring and eavesdropping permits on the subscriptions used by Välikangas to find out who he had been dealing with.
Telemonitoring revealed that Välikangas had been in contact with dozens of boys under the age of 18 all over Finland.
If you suspect that you or your child have been the victim of a sexual offense, report it to the police.
In an emergency, call the emergency number 112.
Afterwards, a criminal report can be made at the nearest police station (in Helsinki, Pasila: poliisi.fi/helsinki/yhteoduction) or online: https://www.poliisi.fi/rikokset/sahkoinen_rikosilmoitus.