Brit handed four-year sentence for paedophilia in Bulgaria

A 63-year-old British citizen has been sentenced to four years in jail by the Veliko Turnovo District Court on charges of paedophilia, finding him guilty of having sexual relations with two boys, aged 10 and 11.

The Briton, identified by Bulgarian news agency BTA as Paul Reinaugh (name may be misspelt), was arrested in April 2012 during a police raid. One of the boys was at Reinaugh’s apartment in Veliko Turnovo at the time and later told investigators that his brother was also molested in the past.

The children’s parents were charged with aiding and abetting, an accusation that they initially denied, but later confessed and were handed three years suspended sentences each. The three defendants were also sentenced to pay 10 000 leva each in damages.

According to local media reports at the time of Reinaugh’s arrest, the boys’ parents received generous gifts (including making cash payments on behalf of the family for utility bills and the acquisition of a property) in exchange for their silence. Prosecutors argued that the parents went as far as to encourage their sons to visit Reinaugh.

Reinaugh had a previous paedophilia conviction in Britain, according to reports in Bulgarian media.

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