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23 women charged after child porn sting

23 women charged after child porn sting

Published: 20 May 2011 16:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 May 2011 16:07 GMT+02:00

A Swedish prosecutor filed charges Friday against 24 people for possessing and distributing child pornography, in a case that has drawn widespread attention as all but one of the defendants are women.

The only man, 42-year-old Lars Skoglund, was considered the ringleader who had distributed large quantities of pornographic material featuring children to the women, who are aged between 38 and 70, according to the charge sheet.

When Skoglund was arrested last September, he was in the possession of 1,181 still shots and 40 films considered child pornography.

"One hundred and fifteen of the pictures and 37 of the films show children who are either very young, who are the victims of violence or coercion or being used in a particularly ruthless manner," the charge sheet reads.

Skoglund, who could face up to six years behind bars if found guilty of aggravated child pornography crimes, appears to have come in contact with the 23 women in internet chat rooms and gradually convinced them to accept files containing child pornography.

He "has tested the limits, how far the others would go. He first goes from (chatting about) sex to sex with excrements, sex with animals and after a while ... sex with children," prosecutor Niclas Eltenius told journalists at a press conference in the central Swedish town of Falun broadcasted on public radio.

A number of the women had claimed that they had not wanted to download the files, but the prosecution claims transcripts of their chat room conversations with Skoglund show they willingly participated in the exchange.

Skoglund had saved some 5,000 chat logs dating back to 2004 that are being used as evidence in the case.

The women, several of whom had short-lived sexual relationships with the 42-year-old, did not have large quantities of the illicit material in their possession -- ranging between six and 71 files each.

They were therefore only charged with the lower level of child pornography crimes, Eltenius said, pointing out that "this can carry a penalty of up to two years in prison."

Psychologist Elisabeth Kwarnmark who has worked with sex offenders for many years has never before come across a case involving so many women.

However, she says that the driving force behind doesn’t have to be sexual attraction to children.

“It seems to have begun with the man. Then they have been looking at these pictures together to heighten the excitement. It seems to be less about paedophilia and more a question of stretching the limits,” she told news agency TT.

“You want to please the other party, who keeps moving the boundaries. It stems from the women’s low self-esteem and feelings of powerlessness. They felt validated by doing this,” Kwarnmark said to TT.

The case is set to go to trial at the Falun district court in the second half of this year.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:50 May 20, 2011 by Swedesmith
The Charles Manson of child porn.
18:21 May 20, 2011 by Rishonim
That Elisabeth Kwarnmark is a complete fool and should loose her license to practice anything. They always seem to blame someone else.
23:59 May 20, 2011 by khurram.k
wot else can you expect from them ...
00:45 May 21, 2011 by Nemesis
They are adults and are able to make up there own minds what activities to be involved in.

They can not blame others for there own decisions and activities.

Sex offenders are sex offenders, regardless of there sex.

They took part in child porn activities.

They belong in jail just like any other sex offender.
07:36 May 21, 2011 by PBR_Streetgang
Why is Elisabeth Kwarnmark blaming the man for these women's paedophiliic activities?

Does she believe that these women would ,otherwise, be incapable of being a paedophile if it wasn't for the coercion of a man? All 23 of them?

Silly woman.
11:46 May 21, 2011 by NeverGiveUp
http://www.thelocal.se/21172/20090807/

Read what EK:s comments at the end of the article....
12:44 May 21, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Elisabeth Kwarnmark's next step is to blame a catholic priest after making an agreement with the Swedish tabloids
18:44 May 21, 2011 by cornpone
Since women are always victims and never responsible for their actions, in Sweden at least, they should be stripped of their adult status, not allowed to vote, serve in public office, own property , enter into contracts, testify in a court of law, etc.... This is the logical outcome of the insidious femicraziness that has Sweden in an iron grip.

As for the pedos, hang em!
02:45 May 22, 2011 by J Jack
it's all about female addiction to money and any way to get it, give them all 20 years in a cell full of shoes!
20:31 May 22, 2011 by nolikegohome
they all should be in Jail. period
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