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Southern Finland coach in custody on suspicion of child sexual abuse

Police are investigating a case of suspected sexual abuse of minors by a sports club coach in Hyvinkää, some 50 kilometres north of Helsinki.

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The suspect in the case, a 50-year-old man, was remanded into custody on Wednesday. Image: Kalle Mäkelä / Yle

The coach of a sports club in Hyvinkää, southern Finland has been remanded into police custody on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors he was coaching, the Itä-Uusimaa police department said on Thursday.

Officials said that they are investigating the case as suspected child abuse but did not disclose the ages of the alleged victims.

The suspect in the case, a 50-year-old man, was remanded into custody on Wednesday. The suspected sexual abuse is believed to have taken place between June and December last year, according to documents tabled during the court hearing.

The club in question has terminated the man’s employment contract and he is no longer coaching. Police said that the investigation is still at an early stage.

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