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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspected Child Molester in 127 Cases

Police in St. Petersburg are investigating an elderly local man in connection with 127 criminal cases involving the alleged sexual abuse of minors over the course of three years, Interfax reported Monday.

The suspect, 63, was detained in May on suspicion of sexually abusing several children, including some younger than 14 years old. Police have since linked him to numerous other incidents involving similar charges. Authorities have not released the suspect's name.

The man is accused of performing sexual acts at his apartment with students of a local boarding school and showing them pornographic videos involving minors. St. Petersburg police said they would wrap up the investigation soon and send the case to court, Interfax reported.

Sexual intercourse with minors carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, while nonviolent sexual abuse of children without intercourse is punishable by up to 12 years in prison. The law allows for harsher sentences in cases where suspects conspired to sexually abuse minors.

In early February, investigators charged a former St. Petersburg lawmaker and teacher, Andrei Smirnov, with sexual abuse of a minor. Investigators suspect Smirnov of other similar incidents.