Mukhtar Gusengadzhiev, 53, also known as “Snake Man”, was convicted of abusing the six underage girls including a relative and the 9-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend. The Russian circus actor must also undergo compulsory “treatment” for pedophilia, according to reports.
During a search of his flat, police found several videos featuring child pornography and one of the victims told police that Gusengadzhiev repeatedly undressed her and touched her intimate body parts. Law enforcement sources also said that between 2012 and 2015 he “performed violent sexual actions against underage children” in and near Moscow.
Gusengadzhiev, from Moscow, insists he is innocent and says that he was set up by jealous members of his family who wanted to take over his apartment. He was supported by 1,500 female fans who signed a petition claiming that he had been framed.
The contortionist lived in a desirable high-rise block of flats – one of Stalin’s “seven sisters” skyscrapers – in Moscow’s exclusive Kotelnicheskaya Embankment.
He said a video, which formed a key part of the evidence against him, was filmed by a nephew who wanted his elite apartment. An unnamed friend of Gusengadzhiev, said: “He is not guilty in any part of the things he is being accused of.
“I am convinced that this is all lies. Bottom line, there is no evidence that he is guilty, the investigation was done with brutal mistakes.” “The investigators established that victims of those crimes came from the families of his friends and relatives,” said a statement by the Russian Investigative Committee.