S. Panagiotopoulos: Christmas in detention, facing criminal prosecution
"I did not upload them. I do not know who uploaded the videos again. I have been withdrawing them from the internet for three years "
The police thoroughly examined the apartment of Stathis Panagiotopoulos, while he was also present. According to information, they took a computer and a mobile phone which will be examined in the special laboratories. At the same time, according to information, they conducted similar searches in his cottages and business premises in Pelion and Alonissos.
Shortly after noon on Thursday, Stathis Panagiotopoulos was taken to the prosecutor who prosecuted him for the crime of disclosing personal data concerning the sexual life of natural persons, continuously, with the intent to harm another, to the degree of a felony. The presenter in his pre-investigation apology reportedly claimed that he had downloaded the videos in question, which were re-posted by a stranger.
"I did not upload them. I do not know who uploaded the videos again. "I've been withdrawing them from the internet for three years," he was quoted as saying.
Thus, he remains in the custody of the General Police Directorate of Thessaloniki, as the prosecutor filed criminal charges against him for the case of posting videos and photos of erotic content with his ex-partners on the Internet.
According to ERT, Panagiotopoulos is now facing even the possibility of ten years in prison.
The well-known presenter, who tried to hide from the journalists, is accused of the crime of "disclosing personal data concerning the sexual life of natural persons, continuously, with the intention of harming another" as a felony.
According to his lawyer, Stathis Panagiotopoulos states that he regrets his act and admits that it is a huge mistake, however he claims that it has nothing to do with the republishing of the videos.
As Apostolos Lytras, lawyer of one of the women who reported Stathis Panagiotopoulos, stated to protothema.gr, the presenter's claim about the time the videos were downloaded is not valid, while he called on any woman in possession of similar material to file a complaint. the statement of Mr. Lytras:
"Because the authorities' reflexes worked quickly, any girl who has seen or knows that there is a video of her own on the internet should go and file a complaint. The claim that he allegedly downloaded the videos is not valid because the videos are still uploaded from his profile.
As we had foreseen, the prosecutor prosecuted the accused as a felony as it was his responsibility to judge his act based on paragraph 4 of the law. It remains to be seen whether his pre-trial detention will be ordered. "
His first photo from the detention center came to light. In it, Stathis Panagiotopoulos appears to be looking at the camera lens rather puzzled. He is visibly emaciated, while wearing a black t-shirt and military, cargo pants.
He is expected to be brought before the investigator on Monday, in order to apologize.
Until then, however, it is not ruled out that two more girls will testify against him, who allegedly have identified themselves in a "pink" video posted on the Internet by the well-known presenter. These are two women who allegedly identified themselves in a "pink" video posted on the internet by the well-known presenter.