South Iceland Priest Not Guilty of Sexual Harassment

Iceland Review

December 3, 2008

The District Court of South Iceland found Rev. Gunnar Bjornsson in Selfoss not guilty of sexual harassment against two teenage girls from his congregation yesterday. Compensation demands were dismissed.

The ruling concluded that due to lack of evidence it was impossible to prove that sexual harassment had taken place. The alleged sexual violations took place some years back, Morgunbladid reports.

The case had come down to word against word and the ruling concluded that both Rev. Bjornssonís and the girlsí testimonies had been credible. The ISK 1.4 million (USD 9,400, EUR 7,500) in legal costs will be covered by the Icelandic state.


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