Liberal deputy charged with raping 17-year-old

The Liberal Party’s deputy leader Helge Solum Larsen has resigned over allegations that he raped a 17-year-old girl at a party conference last weekend.

Liberal deputy charged with raping 17-year-old
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The 43-year-old Larsen is accused of having raped a member of the party’s youth wing after the county branch's annual conference in Suldal, south-western Norway, on Saturday night.

Formal charges were filed in the case on Tuesday.

At a hastily convened press conference, the party announced on Tuesday evening that party leader Trine Skei Grande was aware of the allegations and had been in touch with the 17-year-old girl.

“The Rogaland branch of the Liberal Party (Venstre) has known about the matter for a while and my client says she has received plenty of support from the party,” the girl’s lawyer, Berit Johannessen, told newspaper Verdens Gang (VG).

Local party chief Per A. Thorbjørnsen said Larsen was on sick leave had had been admitted to hospital.

He said Larsen admitted having sex with the girl but denied raping her.


Norway woman drugged and raped in Spain

A Norwegian woman has been drugged and raped after watching a football match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Denmark's Ekstra Bladet tabloid reported on Wednesday.

Norway woman drugged and raped in Spain
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The 20-year-old, who is a student at the Danish tour guide school in Lloret de Mar outside Barcelona, returned to the school in a confused state on Monday after being missing for nine hours. 
"Unfortunately I can confirm that one of our students has probably have been raped," Christiane Karlsen, the Managing Director of the Service & Co tour guide academy, told Ekstra Bladet. "But we know nothing about whether she has been stunned by drugs. She remembers very little and has had a blackout for several hours." 
She said that she had now banned the woman from drinking alcohol . 
"Of course we are all very sad on the Norwegian student's behalf," she told the paper. "And we have prohibited that she drink alcohol again while she's on the course." 
The school has encouraged the woman, who comes from Bergen, to report the rape to the Spanish police.