A student in Norway who posed as a 13-year-old boy turned out to be a 33-year-old woman on the run from police investigating a child abuse case in the Czech Republic, Norwegian media reported on Thursday.
Barbora Skrlova duped Norwegian police, classmates, child care workers and teachers for four months into believing she was a teenage boy named "Adam", daily Dagbladet reported.
"Looking back, we can say that we wondered about "Adam's" behavior. But this is not easy to know. Children at this age are very different, and can be masculine or feminine," Ingjerd Eriksen, principal at Marienlyst school in Oslo where the woman was a student, told Dagbladet.
The case, involving a sect suspected of abusing children, came to light in the Czech Republic last year and has been front-page material for the country's media for eight months.
Skrlova, alias "Adam", is a key figure in the case and has been on the run since, though Czech police have said it is not clear whether she is an accomplice, a witness or a victim.
Skrlova was first linked to the case when Czech police raided a house where they found an abused 8-year-old boy, two adult women and Skrlova, who at the time posed as a 13-year-old girl.
She was sent to an orphanage from which she later escaped because she did not want to testify against members of the sect, Dagbladet said.
After some months in Oslo, Skrlova went to Tromsoe in the north of Norway, where she was spotted and held by the police.
She landed on Czech soil on Wednesday in the company of Norwegian police officers who handed her over to local authorities.