‘Horrific act’: Greek police identify man accused of repeatedly raping 12-year-old girl


Greek Police have named and released a photograph of the 53-year-old shopkeeper they arrested in the Athens district of Kolonos whom they allege repeatedly raped and pimped out a 12-year-old girl.

The man, identified as Ilias Michos, born on December 30, 1969, in Agrinio, is also being charged with human trafficking and illegally possessing weapons.

Michos allegedly raped the girl several times between April and August this year.

Ilias Michos. Photo: Greek Police

He is also being accused of recording the assaults and uploading them to the internet using a fake profile to attract clients to pay him to have sex with the girl.

While it is unknown how many men actually sexually assaulted the girl, there were 213 who expressed their interest.

It has been reported by Balkan Insight that Michos runs a retail business in Athens, where the 12-year-old and her mother worked in his store as employees.

Police have also released the identity of another man, 43-year-old Ioannis Sofianidis.

Sofianidis, born on January 2, 1980, in Nikea, Piraeus is believed to be one of the men whom Michos arranged to sexually abuse the girl.

Ioannis Sofianidis. Photo: Greek Police

Speaking with Greek TV Broadcaster ANT1, government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said yesterday: “This man and the others who lined up to abuse this 12-year-old child are criminals who have committed horrific and loathsome acts.”

Referring to Michos specifically, Economou said he could face a life sentence before saying: “He is a rapist, on whom the full severity of justice should be visited.”

“We must learn all the rest of the names. No tolerance for criminals, no tolerance for child molesters, no tolerance for all those that do such horrible things.”

Greek government spokesperson, Yiannis Economou.

Michos’ wife, an elected councillor with the Athina Psila faction on the Athens city council, was expelled from her post on Tuesday, Ekathimerini reported.

Municipal sources said that in the circumstances, it was impossible for her to continue to perform her duties. 

The grandmother of the 12-year-old victim has accused Michos’ wife of offering her family 10,000 euros in an attempt to cover up the case.




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