Rune Øygard, accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl between 2009 and 2011, denies any wrongdoing but allegedly sent her text messages.
The girl’s mother had asked Vågå mayor Mr Øygard to stay away from her daughter, but he continued to send SMSs, reports VG.
52-year-old Mr Øygard’s lawyer, Mette Yvonne Larsen, told the paper that the mayor had only contacted the girl to understand why her mother had asked him to keep his distance.
“It shows that he was unable to understand the situation and did not know why he was asked to stay away,” said his lawyer.
The police have now finished their investigations and sent their report on their recommendations for the case. They are now waiting for the final decision to be made by prosecutors in Hedmark and Oppland.
Officers are confident that there is enough evidence to prosecute Mr Øygard, who maintains his innocence. He could face up to six years in prison if convicted.
“The only thing I can say at this point is that the case is pending. We usually take a month on these issues, and I hope that it will be ready in that time,” state prosecutor Thorbjørn Klundseter said.
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