Greek Court Finds Man Guilty of Raping 12-Year-Old Girl, Faces Life

ATHENS – Disregarding the recommendation of a prosecutor who said there wasn’t enough evidence, an Athens Mixed Jury Court found a 55-year-old man guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl but found her mother innocent of pornography.

The defendant, Ilias Michos, is one of two men charged with rape, admitting they had sex with her but that it wasn’t rape although she legally couldn’t consent. Investigators said he pimped her out on social media and 213 men responded.

The verdict against Michos was by a 5-2 vote, unlike American courts which require a unanimous decision. He faces a life sentence in the case that shocked the country although a prosecutor said there wasn’t enough evidence against him.

Trial in the case of the pimping and rape of the 12-year-old girl from Kolonos, Friday, March 29, 2024 (KOSTAS TZOUMAS/EUROKINISSI)

The mother burst into tears on hearing the verdict and she was also acquitted of a pimping charge by a 4-3 vote and found guilty only of blackmail, which is only a misdemeanor in Greece, not a felony.

Michos was also convicted by the same 5-2 vote of exploiting a minor under the age of 14, unanimously found guilty of child pornography, and convicted of pimping by a 4-3 vote, guilty of illegal possession of weapons but acquitted of trafficking a minor.

A third defendant identified only as Michalis was found guilty of pimping and child pornography but acquitted of sexually molesting a minor, no reason given why he wasn’t named as he was convicted.

Trial in the case of the pimping and rape of the 12-year-old girl from Kolonos, Friday, March 29, 2024 (KOSTAS TZOUMAS/EUROKINISSI)

Among the remaining defendants implicated in the case, the court found 16 clients guilty of the crime of engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor for payment, punishable by 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine. It wasn’t explained why it wasn’t rape.

One defendant was also found guilty of child pornography, while six were acquitted but none of the others convicted was identified.


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