Mode of Operation
The modus operandi of "The Pocket Man" was the same in all known cases: The perpetrator tricked young boys to touch his genitals, for instance by tricking them to "search for" a key in his pocket, where he had removed or cut a hole in the lining, or to adjust a bandage on his thigh. The more serious offense or offenses he is to have committed includes oral sex, which in some cases border on the Norwegian criminal code's definition of rape. The police allege that "The Pocket Man" on several occasions forced the boys to perform oral sex on him. Oral sex is equated with intercourse in the Norwegian penal code and has an upper limit of 21 years in prison, the maximum sentencing in Norway. The police have later informed that the most serious case has an upper limit of 15 years.
Other commons traits of the cases are:
- All victims were young boys aged between 6 and 12 years. Little girls were only employed as lookouts.
- Dark-skinned victims are in clearly overrepresented.
- Both "The Pocket Man" and "The Bandage Man" are said to have paid the victims after their offenses.
- Various tricks were employed to lure the children.
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