Singer Jari Sillanpää to face child sex abuse charges in court

The well-known Finnish entertainer will appear in court next February charged with sexual abuse of a child and dissemination of sexually suggestive images. 

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File picture of Finnish singer Jari Sillanpää / Credit: @jarisillanpaa Instagram

Finnish singer Jari Sillanpää will appear in court next February charged with sexual abuse of a child and dissemination of sexually suggestive images.

The story was first reported in Iltalehti newspaper.

The alleged acts took place between August and September 2017 during a time when Sillanpää was also suffering from drug addiction.

Sillanpää’s career seems to have recovered from a string of problems.

In January 2018 he was convicted of alcohol, drugs and traffic offenses, after being caught under the influence of methamphetamines in Helsinki a few months previously.

Sillanpää admitted in court that he committed the crimes, and was fined €24,000.

In March 2018 he was detained at Helsinki Airport suspected of drugs offenses.

Now he has a series of Christmas concerts booked and his manager tells the media these new allegations won’t impact his schedule, and that they don’t plan on canceling any dates of the tour.

A sold-out concert in Joensuu on Saturday night will go ahead as planned, his manager tells Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

The singer shot to fame more than 20 years when his album became the biggest ever Finnish debut, selling more than 270,000 copies. Sillanpää has so far released more than a dozen albums.