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Swedish schools run by convicted paedophile

Published: 01 Feb 2011 14:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Feb 2011 14:02 GMT+01:00

"It is of course extremely serious. It perhaps suggests that legislation in the future needs to be clearer," Ingegärd Hilborn, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) general counsel, told TV4.

Despite the man having a prior conviction for having sex with a seven-year-old girl, he received permission to open three independent high schools in Stockholm in 2000, according to TV4.

Furthermore we was subsequently sentenced in 2007 to six years in prison for several more sexual crimes, including the aggravated rape of a child.

The Swedish government now wants to change the law so that the Schools Inspectorate can verify whether a person has previously committed a crime.

The agency's lead counsel told Swedish television channel TV4 on Monday that it does not check up on whether a person has committed a crime when he or she applies to start a school.

When the man began his prison sentence and could no longer manage the schools, he placed them in the care of two individuals, one of who is a woman who had a prior conviction, and had served two years in prison, for pimping.

The firm remains in charge of the operation of three schools in the Stockholm area.

The Schools Inspectorate looks primarily at the principal's financial suitability to start a school. It was not aware at the time that the three high schools were run by convicted criminals.

"There should be a law that ensures that those who are convicted of these kinds of crimes do not receive permission," director-general Ann-Marie Begler said on Monday.

The agency currently does not have access to information in the crime registry and to ring around to all of Sweden's courts to request verdicts is not practical, Begler argued.

"Then we would have several years of processing time. We need a better system that puts a stop to these kinds of possibilities," she said.

Education Minister Jan Björklund agreed and announced plans to immediately move to change the law.

"It is shocking and I am upset at the naïveté that we have in Sweden about this. When the agency receives an application, it should be able to ask for information from the crime registry. If one has a license and is sentenced, the court should notify the authorities," he said.

A new law could come into effect within a year, Björklund forecast.

"Already when the [current] law was established, we should have thought about this. However, we could not have imagined then that this could happen," he said.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:49 February 1, 2011 by Sergeantofstockholm
Name The Schools !
15:03 February 1, 2011 by LonelyLove
I cannot believe what I am reading.
15:22 February 1, 2011 by Nemesis
The only thing that suprised me about this is that the authorities did not offer him a job working in a care home looking after children.

Take a look at some of the religeous lunatics running private schools in Sweden and you will get hints that not all is well ni more than this instance.
15:38 February 1, 2011 by Uggla
That's right NAME the freaking SCHOOLS and the OFFENDERS! Parents have a right to know!
16:07 February 1, 2011 by Swedesmith
Only if he is now castrated.
16:11 February 1, 2011 by NJGirl
Sweden, are you for real!!!! Please, someone tell me it is a bad joke :-(. EVERYBODY in USA, who is going to be even remotely associated with working with children gets background check and child abuse check. Nursing students, and I am talking about 19 years old girls go thru those checks before they allow to do their clinical rotations in the hospital! It is so embarrassing for Sweden to be so stupid!
16:15 February 1, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Little Oskar it's time for your flute lesson.
16:26 February 1, 2011 by Åskar
But to be honest, isn't it better if a school is run by someone who loves children than by someone who hates them?
16:27 February 1, 2011 by rybo1
Like "LonleyLove", I too can't believe such a thing could happen. It is a huge disgrace.
16:32 February 1, 2011 by Swedesmith
Åskar, I am laughing in spite of myself. You have a sicker sense of humor than I do!
16:59 February 1, 2011 by stillwatersrd
I'm unclear here how his conviction (or his colleagues criminal records) became public. The Local is revealing this information for the first time? I'm surprised there is no law requiring background checks in Sweden. Interesting oversight.

@Askar

Oooooh, that's sardonic humor. XD
17:51 February 1, 2011 by heu
Ok, so he had sex with a SEVEN year old and he was not in jail?? Fine, perhaps that happened like 30 years ago and he already been released.

But then he is convicted AGAIN for aggravated rape of a child and he gets only six years?!?!

I don't think the problem is only with the inspection!
18:30 February 1, 2011 by pantheratigris
Really cannot and do not want to believe this. I wonder what the next step is. Putting sb like this guy in charge of a center for sexually abused children????
18:45 February 1, 2011 by byke
Shame the child didnt speak English with a thick and heavy accent ... I am sure he would have got longer in jail.
19:06 February 1, 2011 by reason
We should not have convicted child molesters working with children, that goes without saying. However, the article is not clear on if this man actually was working directly with children or just in administration. The closest we get is "The firm remains in charge of the operation...". If he was simply running a company which operates schools, but was not himself working *in* the actual schools, the situation is not be nearly as clear cut. Would like to see some clarification on that.

Also not liking the phrase "convicted paedophile". Makes it sound like he was convicted of being sexually excited by children. Even when they're rightly considered sick, thoughts, feelings and fantasies are not criminal. Write what he actually is: "convicted child rapist".
21:04 February 1, 2011 by Nemesis
For those of you who keep arguing with me that Sweden is not going like Ireland. Another similarity. Friskol are the same as religeous schools in Ireland. See http://www.childabusecommission.ie/ for where that lead.

All childrens should be educated together, regardless of class, religion, vulture, race or any other percieved difference.

All teachers should be approved of and background checked by the state.

Religious schools should be banned.
23:14 February 1, 2011 by Sergeantofstockholm
It's an IT school called EDICON ,

they've received 200 million kronor of taxpayers money in the last 10 years

here's the link to the TV4 clip

http://www.nyhetskanalen.se/tv?videoId=1.1999775
23:27 February 1, 2011 by johnny 2011
HMMMif it was not so sad it would be funny. Compare this situation to the Assange "rape". In such a small country as mine it seems an easy task to check everyone's background. The government is very nosy if you owe taxes or argue w/ your spouse or heavens consort w/ ladies of the evening. go and figure
23:33 February 1, 2011 by Sergeantofstockholm
MUCH more detail here

http://politisktinkorrekt.info/2011/01/31/pedofil-drev-friskolan-edicon-ny-agare-tomde-pa-bolagsmiljoner/
05:58 February 2, 2011 by UScitizen
@ sergeantofstockholm

I went to that site and watched the news video which showed drawings of a man laying on top of a little girl and a man taking his pants down in front of a little girl. There was a news story here a few days ago about a translator of magna who was fined because magna is considered child porn. What's the difference? If you'r a news station you can do it?

And the guy got six years for "several more sexual crimes, including the aggravated rape of a child."? Here's a current story from America:

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 40-year-old Lincoln man has been given 20 to 25 years in prison for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

Chad Finch had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated sexual assault of a child. Finch was sentenced on Monday in Lancaster County District Court.
09:14 February 2, 2011 by starbratzz
We will pull the winning ticket at Relay 2010. We anticipate this as being a hugh fundraiser
09:49 February 2, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Sergeantofstockholm,

Thanks for the link.

If the Local is going to report in the english language, then it needs to reach the standards expected in the english language, not those of the third world. fox news or anyone else who hides and twists facts to suit an agenda.

Complete information should be supplied, not partial information.
10:10 February 2, 2011 by Puffin
The school is called EDICON - it is an IT college for 16-19 year olds
10:17 February 2, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
All have to say is that I approve of homosexality for Caucasians.
12:11 February 2, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
If the schools are all boys schools, then they are safe. Right?
12:30 February 2, 2011 by Huh?!!
What is it about Sweden that seems to only REACT to problems & not seem to have any hindsight in taking actions in the 1st place to try preventing them? Are Swedes really so ignorant or arrogant to classify themselves in a higher "class" of humanity or something like that, that bad things don't happen here?! Especially when kids are concern, OPEN your eyes & see what's happening in the world & learn & make sure this country too is at least trying, to keep dirty paws off innocent kids! I guess it's every responsible parents' job now to give the 3rd degree & "poke" around before enrolling their kids into anything! Good biz idea for private investigators!
12:42 February 2, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
What else is new...

A Swiss male social worker has confessed to abusing 114 children and disabled adults in care homes over three decades, prosecutors say.

The unnamed man, 54, who worked in nine care homes, also admitted to eight cases of attempted abuse, most of them taking place in the Bern area.

An investigation was launched after two of his alleged victims reported him.

A Bern police official said evidence against the man included photos and video recording the abuse.

"One of the central questions of this investigation is how such levels of abuse could go undetected for so long," said Gabriele Berger, head of Bern police's special investigations unit.

The man had been investigated over allegations of sexual abuse in 2003 but that inquiry was dropped due to conflicting evidence, she said, adding that it would now be reopened.

According to Swiss news agency ATS, the 2003 case related to a mentally disabled girl of 13, who had made a complaint.

'Co-operating'

The alleged abuser is a native of the Oberland, the higher part of the Bern canton.

He was arrested in April last year after two disabled men living in a nursing home told their parents they had had sexual contact with a man, police said.

Of the nine care homes in which he worked, seven are said to be in the Bern area, another elsewhere in Switzerland and one in Germany.

The care worker is said by Swiss officials to be co-operating willingly with the investigation.

According to ATS, most of his alleged victims were physically or mentally disabled young men, but they also included some women.

He is also said to have abused children of staff members at some of the homes.

The youngest was aged one at the time of the alleged crime.
14:42 February 2, 2011 by Swedesmith
@original BM

"All have to say is that I approve of homosexality for Caucasians."

Didn't you mean with?
14:59 February 2, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
@Swedesmith

Herregud! Du önskar att jag var svag i huvudet, viljan och själen!
19:23 February 2, 2011 by Puffin
Interesting that Skolverket had pointed out to the education Minister that there was this loophole in the education law in 2008 - but Björklund did not fix it then

- while the law is clear that all staff who have direct contact with the kids have to be police checked such as teachers and assistants etc

- the current law does not insist on police checks for the company directors that own the free schools
20:18 February 2, 2011 by Swedesmith
Min önsken har varit svarad!
00:38 February 4, 2011 by Authentica
W*T*F??? Is this for real?
05:32 February 4, 2011 by technoviking
The fact that they don't do automatic background checks on anyone working with children is absolutely insane. That go without saying.
12:53 February 5, 2011 by Observant
There is a large loop-hole in the Educational system on the criminal checks on teachers and others working with children.

It seems that ONLY SWEDEN can make such a idiotic blunder and then put the blame on others when it all goes wrong.

It is law that CRO checks are compulsory for those working with children BUT even this is not fool-proof here in Sweden - Of coursde the Swedes will tell you that THEIR system is the best in the world as Swedes cannot ever be second best at anything.

CRO checks should be compulsory for ALL those WORKING in the SCHOOL BUILDING and NOT just for the teachers or others working directly with children. It MUST also be compulsory for those working in EDUCATION in general including the Ministry and Local Government School Offices.

But even then as the current SWEDISH law stands on such CRO checks it still is laughable.

Why?

Simple! Because when a person gets the CRO paper from the Police stating that he or she has no record in the Criminal Register that letter is given to the respective school. This is OK, but if that teachers is on a permanent contract or employment (or whatever you like to call it) that teacher can remain in that school for many years and NO FURTHER CRO checks would be necessary!!!! So IF that teacher is later convicted on matters concerning the sexual offences law the school where that teacher is working will have NO KNOWLEDGE of such conviction!!!!

Remedy!

CRO checks MUST be carried out EVERY YEAR on ALL those working in school buildings and not just those working directly with children.

Of course Sweden will OBVIOUSLY have something detrimental to say about this method because the intelligence of Swedes have to allow for loop-holes in the system so that newspapers, press and the mass media can have something to write about.

Sweden wants the rest of the world to follow their example but the Swedes cannot operate their own simple system correctly in the first place.

Years ago Sweden was a good well run society but now there are far too many idiots (foreign as well) running the country all in the name of "democracy" and "people's rights"!!!! Sweden is heading for a Tunisian and Egyptian style situation - and the sooner the better - and replace the power to the Monarchy as it was in the 1960's.
15:51 February 10, 2011 by Thierry10
The phrase "convicted paedophile" doesn't make more sense than "convicted jew". For paedophiles aren't a cateogry of criminals.

In any serious dictionary, paedophilia is defined as "a sexual attraction from adults towards children" (usu under 12 years old), not as "sexual acts".

Furthemore, adults who have sexual contacts with children are not necessarily paedophiles. They can do it for other reasons such as marital problems.
00:11 March 10, 2011 by dan_sparrow
in the next episode:

sweden the country where pyromaniacs opens gas stations next to the forest...
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