Malthe Thomsen, the Danish national who was accused of sexually abusing at least 13 children during an internship at a preschool in Manhattan, New York City, has filed for compensation after the case against him was dismissed.
Thomsen, 23, said he was relieved that the case against him had been dropped and he had already requested compensation in court because he feels he was coerced into signing a false statement by the police.
”I am so relieved. It's been an incomprehensible nightmare and now it's suddenly all over,” said Thomsen, according to Metroxpress newspaper.
”I didn't dare hope for it, even though Jane [his lawyer Jane Fisher-Byrialsen] was a bit optimistic today. I was afraid I had to spend Christmas in New York.”
Accused by colleague
The Dane was accused of sexually abusing at least 13 children in June after being reported to the police by a female colleague, who has since been sacked by the preschool.
Thomsen pleaded not-guilty throughout the entire case, but during police interrogation he was told they had video evidence that documented that he had abused the children, leading him to sign the police report.
Thomsen reckons that he will be back in Denmark within a week.