The sentencing of an Armenian-American businessman to 15 years in prison for the sexual abuse of minors has broken a long-standing taboo in Armenia on public discussions of pedophilia.
Seventy-year-old Serop Der-Boghossian, the co-owner of a successful mining company, Metal Prince Ltd. Corporation, in the northern region of Lori, had enjoyed a reputation as a generous philanthropist and an influential businessman with ties to Armenia’s political elite. He formerly served as an economics adviser to Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and as a member of the national police advisory council.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.