Ex Bulgarian Civil Servants Enjoy Suspended Sentences for Pedophile Orgies
Two former Bulgarian civil servants have gotten away with suspended sentences in a pedophilia orgy case that spurred a scandal last year.
The three scientific researchers and an employee from the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, three men and a woman, were arrested in August 2010 for participating in sexual orgies with underage boys by the police in the Bulgarian town of Velingrad.
The four accused of recruiting underage boys for sex orgies Nikolay Petrov, a molecular virologist, and the PhD student Mariya Stoyanova from the Plant Protection Institute, Vasil Kovachev from the National Agricultural Advisory Services and Andon Toshev, who is a chief assistant in the Medical University in Sofia.
The Regional Court in Velingrad, however, found guilty only Kovachev and Toshev, and even those got only suspended sentences.
Kovachev and Toshev are found guilty of recruiting underage boys for intimate relations. Kovachev got a 1.5-year suspended sentence for paying underage boys for sex in 2009-2010, and Toshev got a one-year suspended sentence.
The two men were also sentenced to pay compensations to the families of the boys involved. Both the victim families and the defendants said they will appeal the sentences.
The pedophilia case was discovered in August 2010 by the local police in Velingrad. The police have been initially working on an operation against drug distribution.
When the police officers started watching a 15-year-old boy for possession of cocaine, they thought he would lead them to an address where the drug was distributed. However, what they found was a sexual orgy between the four arrested and the boy they were watching.
The police discovered a total of 4 boys who have been involved in the orgies by the Agriculture Ministry officials. It was found out that the boys did not come from poor families and were all with Bulgarian origins.
"The three officials will be dismissed if it is proven that they participated in a pedophile scandal. It is unacceptable to stain the name of the ministry like that," said Miroslav Naydenov, the Bulgarian Agriculture Minister, said back then.
The officials, however, have been dismissed before the final sentence had been issued.
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