MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) - A man suspected of sexually assaulting a young girl has been beaten to death in North Ossetia in Russia’s North Caucasus, a regional Investigative Department statement said Tuesday.
Investigators say the suspect is thought to have enticed two girls aged 5 and 6 into his home last Thursday by offering them sweets, after which he sexually molested one of them.
“After hearing about the incident, unidentified persons beat up the man who was then hospitalized,” the statement said, adding that he died of his injuries several days later.
A manslaughter case has been opened, the Investigative Committee said.
This is not the first time people suspected of sexually abusing children, or convicted on pedophilia charges, have been targeted in Russia. In January 2013, a convicted pedophile was beaten to death by two men in Russia’s Siberian republic of Buryatia, local media reported.
In May 2012, three women and one man were charged with assaulting a suspected pedophile after he was beaten to death in a town in Russia’s Urals region, the local Investigative Committee said in a statement at the time.