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Sixteen People Sentenced In Child Sex Scandal

March 7, 1988 GMT

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ A court convicted 16 people in Belgium’s biggest child sex case Monday, including the former head of the U.N. Children’s Fund for Belgium.

They were given prison terms of up to 10 years, but some lesser terms were suspended. Two defendants were acquitted.

Most were arrested soon after the case came to light early last year and spent several months in jail before the trial. The trial revealed the existence of Belgian and international child sex rings.

Several adults who lent their children to adults for sex were among the defendants. The husband of one of the two mothers acquitted is to be tried later.

Jean-Claude Weber, a 40-year-old film producer now jailed in France on similar charges, got the longest sentence, 10 years.

Philippe Carpentier, 46, got nine years. He heads an association whose public purpose was to help pedophiles overcome their compulsion but actually supplied them with children.

Michel Felu, 47, a member of the UNICEF Belgian staff who used the Children’s Fund offices and equipment to make pornographic pictures for use in special international magazines, was sentenced to eight years.

Jozef Verbeeck, 63, former head of UNICEF-Belgium, was given a two-year suspended sentence. One mother got three years suspended and another a 30- month suspended sentence.

UNICEF was awarded symbolic damages of one franc for the harm it suffered.